Taste of Pigs & Pinot
Friday evening’s festival kickoff is the lively Taste of Pigs & Pinot where guests sample 60 highly-acclaimed Pinot Noir wines competing in the Pinot Cup competition, both from Sonoma County and around the world. Two Rosé wines will be offered in addition to the lineup of 60 Pinot Noirs treating guests to a “white wine” twist on Pinot Noir. Tastings are served alongside a variety of pork dishes, including homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, patés and other special creations from Chef Palmer, Dry Creek Kitchen, guest celebrity chefs, and local Healdsburg restaurants including Chalkboard, Spoonbar and Valette.
All natural sustainably raised pork courtesy of Niman Ranch.
The Pinot Cup is our annual wine competition where 60 hand-picked Pinot Noirs compete in a blind-tasting competition in hopes to be named “the best of the best” by a renowned judging panel including Esther Mobley, Wine Writer for the SF Chronicle , Sandy Block, Master of Wine and VP of Beverage Operations at Legal Seafood and Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier. The winner and runner-up will be revealed at Friday’s Taste of Pigs & Pinot event.
Pinot Cup Judges
Wine Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Master of Wine and VP Beverage Operation, Legal Seafood
Chef/Owner Tavern62 by David Burke
Chef/Author/Artist - New York
Chef/Co-Owner Mozza Restaurant Group
Chef/Owner VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal, RANGE and AGGIO