pinot paradise 2016

PINOT PARADISE – Taste of the Mountains

Enjoy three days in the Santa Cruz Mountains while you learn, explore and taste the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced by our legendary winemakers.

Pathway to Pinot Paradise*
Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22

Come sip, sample and enjoy three days meandering your way through the many Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taste through barrel samples, enjoy the experience of meeting our winemakers and participate in personal tours of the vineyards. Tickets can be purchased online or at any participating winery. Ticket price is $45. Event is from 12pm- 5pm each day.

Pinot Noir Technical Session at Hotel Paradox
Saturday, May 21

Learn and discover! This session from 8:30am – 11:30am features an engaging program to kick-off regional exploration. Join us for an amazing Pinot Noir Technical Session – with keynote Speaker Ken Burnap, founder of  Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Hear Ken’s first hand account of how the jagged  borders traversing 3 counties were designated to become the legally recognized premier AVA it is today. Ken – along with David Bennion, the late co-founder of Ridge Vineyards – was instrumental in the creation of the Santa Cruz Mountains American AVA.  Hear Ken’s  first hand account of how the jagged borders traversing 3 counties were designated to become the legally recognized premier AVA it is today.

Following Ken’s presentation there will be a technical tasting featuring wines produced from a selection of specific Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards that grow fruit for a variety of different winemakers. Experience for yourself how the terroir of the site and the craft of the producer influence your favorite wines. The vineyards are:  Lester Family; Beauregard ; Mun’s; and Regan. Each vineyard will showcase four premium winemakers to demonstrate the differences individual producers have on a bottle of wine.

The Technical Session is open to all who are interested in experiencing an in depth journey into the unique expression of terroir of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Technical session tickets are available for $45, and tickets for both events are available for $75.

VIP Ticket Package

Ticket price is $75 and includes access to Pathway to Pinot Paradise and Pinot Noir Technical Session.

*We will not be holding a Grand Tasting for Pinot Paradise in 2016. We hope to bring it back in 2017.

2016 Participating Wineries:

Aptos Wine Wander

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Join us at the inaugural Aptos Village Wine Wander for an afternoon of tasting delicious, local Santa Cruz Mountains wines in the heart of the Aptos community.  Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today! All proceeds benefit Rio Del Mar Elementary, Mar Vista Elementary and Valencia Elementary.

Participating Wineries:

Armitage Wines
Bargetto Winery
Bottle Jack Winery
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
MJA Vineyards
Nicholson Vineyards
Sante Arcangeli Family Winery
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards and Winery
Wrights Station Vineyard and Winery