It’s been a couple of years since wine lovers got to experience in person the festival that brings together some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. But in March 2022, the World of Pinot Noir is back!
An unforgettable Pinot Noir wine festival
From March 3-5, 2022, the World of Pinot Noir will take place at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Bacara just north of Santa Barbara in Goleta.
Here a full VIP weekend pass will set Pinot lovers back $1600 plus fees. Tickets went on sale on October 15, 2021 but these coveted event tickets will go fast.
Of course, something to keep in mind is that the cost of your all-access pass doesn’t include lodging at either the host property, Bacara, or any of the other nearby hotels. If you can get a pass before they sell out, the weekend includes Grand Tastings on Friday and Saturday and a series of spectacular lunches, dinners. They also include in-depth seminars exploring aspects of the elusive grape.
Why is this high-priced event such a hot ticket?
Because Pinot Noir lovers are indefatigable in their quest to try every iteration of the grape possible.
They want to try new producers, explore new regions, and be able to discuss with other Pinot fans the different growing and production techniques.
This event unites lovers of this sexy grape
New appellations and rock star producers pique the interest of these wine fans and the chatter here isn’t around a water cooler but over a tasting table as Pinot Noir fans alert each other to what they discovered across the room or over an AVA–focused lunch. And that is exactly what World of Pinot Noir is all about.
And since Pinot Noir is considered by some to be one of the best wines for seduction, it is an event we’re not willing to miss, either.
Highlights of this year’s World of Pinot Noir event
The event kicks off on March 3 with what they’re calling the opening night reunion party And it gets more indulgent as each day of this world class wine festival unfolds.
On March 4, a limited-seating event will allow guests to explore the wines of Domaine Henri Gouges, the most renowned winery of Burgundy’s Nuits-Saint-Georges. Talk about world class wine! But if California Pinot Noir is more your speed, a luncheon event on the same day may be what you’re looking for. Hosted by Fess Parker and Pats & Hall wineries, this tasting and lunch will feature four of California’s finest Pinot Noir vineyards.
Friday closes out with a grand tasting and the choice of a Burgundian wine dinner or a Kosta Browne Pinot Noir dinner
Saturday morning kicks off with a choice of seminars, either the secret gems of Burgundy or a celebration of Gary’s Vineyard. Lumch involves an even more difficult choice of either a luncheon with Anderson Valley’s Maggie Hawk or a Santa Lucia Highlands birthday celebration.
Saturday continues with another grand tasting where VIP pass holders will be offered a private tour led by the World of Pinot Noir sommelier team. Additional grand tasting VIP opportunities include private vertical tastings and blending classes.
The 2022 World of Pinot Noir closes out with a choice of two unforgettable dinners. There is a celebration of the new SLO Coast AVA offered at a modest $195 per guest. And for the high rollers, a $500 dinner featuring Grand Cru wines of Burgundy will show off the finest recent vintages from six of Burgundies most coveted Pinots.
Get your ticket to experience some of the best Pinot Noir in the world
Tickets to events can be purchased as a package or separately.
They go quickly. And they almost always sell out. So time is of the essence for Pinot lovers!
One last word of advice. Be sure to check out the online auction, which will go live at the end of February, 2022. Silent auction lots go for a song and allow guests to continue their Pinot Noir at home with fond memories of World of Pinot Noir.
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