Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North
Santa Ynez Room & Miró Restaurant
Friday, 9am - 2pm
Sharing a latitude but separated by 4,000 miles, this seminar will explore the wines of two stellar Pinot Noir producing regions. Katherine Cole, wine writer, author and self-described “Oeno Pundit” will lead us on an exploration of the terroir of the Willamette Valleys’s Sub-Appellations in our morning session.
Keeping in mind that many think of Oregonian wines as “Burgundian”, seminar attendees will then taste and learn about the many facets of Maison Jadot, our featured producer from Burgundy. Maison Louis Jadot controls 150 hectares throughout the length and breadth of Burgundy, and we’ll also hear from winemaker Frédéric Barnier why Jadot has just purchased a vineyard in Oregon.
Is there a common thread between the two regions other than latitude? Is there a common thread amongst the wines from each region themselves? You be the judge.
Seminar guests will be treated to a 3-course gourmet lunch in Miró prepared by Executive Chef David Reardon and Chef de Cuisine Johan Denizot, created specifically to pair with the wines of the 45th parallel. The luncheon may only be eclipsed by the spectacular views from the dining room.
Pinot Noir by the Sea Grand Tasting
Terrace, Rotunda & Santa Ynez Room
Friday, 3 - 6pm, early admission at 2.30pm
Ready to dive in? Our Friday Grand Tasting will feature Pinot Noir from more than 100 producers. Start your journey of tasting the world of Pinot Noir, mingle and meet the winemakers and principals and hear their take on regional terroir.
Make sure to take time to nibble on fresh, local and seasonal wine country appetizers from the Bacara culinary team and don’t miss the cheeses from C’est Cheese!
Our Silent Auction will include large format and rare finds and will benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund and the Keith Patterson Memorial Endowment at Cal Poly. Enjoy the grand views of the ocean and the Bacara grounds as you enjoy the wines and food.
Opt for early admission to have some one-on-one time with the winemakers.
Just as every region’s Pinot Noir has its own nuances, so does each region have their own cuisine. We invite you to “taste around the world” at our Friday Feast! Chef David Reardon and his Bacara culinary team will team up with our producers from around the world for an incredible internationally focused 5-course meal. Perhaps we’ll start with appetizers and wines from the Finger Lakes of NY and Switzerland then move to a first course focused on New Zealand and Australia. What might the chefs do for wines from Chile, Canada or France? Oregon, California? Then hear what the winemakers think of the pairings and how it compares to “down home cuisine”. All of this, of course, complemented by the exemplary wine service always provided by our team of sommeliers.
VIP Sea Smoke Cellars Dinner
The Miró Cellar is an intimate and beautiful space where Bacara’s wines are perfectly stored. The secret is that it also has seating for wine dinners, but for a mere three dozen guests. Which makes it the perfect spot for winemaker dinners focusing on very select and allocated wines. This evening, we are proud to present the wines of local producer Sea Smoke Cellars. Director of Winemaking Victor Gallegos will pour current as well as library wines, sparkling and still, all complemented by a six-course meal created to showcase these wines. Very limited availability on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Insider Wines of the Cote d’Or
Santa Ynez Room &
Saturday, 9am - 2pm
What wines do Burgundians themselves enjoy for their table? Learn about the secret wines, small producers, and boutique producers as this 3-hour presentation focuses on the “insider wines” of the Cote d’Or. We are pleased that Don Kinnan CSS, CWE, will return, by popular demand, to lead us in this tasting and discussion. The session will also include a detailed discussion of the mountain of Corton, location of the Cote d’Or’s greatest expanse of Grand Cru vineyard acreage. The “insider wines” are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy enthusiasts who enjoy their value and pleasure, while saving their more expensive, high profile brethren for special occasions.
In addition to Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, wines will be tasted from Marsannay, Fixin, Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-Les-Beaune, Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Santenay. A short history of viticulture and principal vineyards in each village will be presented. During the presentation, 12 wines, selected to represent their villages best “terroirs”, will be tasted.
Following the seminar, guests will enjoy a Burgundy-inspired 3-course luncheon created by Bacara’s culinary team in the Miró Restaurant. Chef de Cuisine Denizot is French born and trained, so you know this will be his contemporary twist on classic dishes. More Burgundy? Yes, please!
Hollywood & Wine
Saturday, 10am - 2pm
Over the past decade, it seems that wine - and Pinot Noir particularly - have had starring roles in the movies.
Ten years ago (gasp!) Sideways was filmed here in Santa Barbara County and went on to influence wine preferences around the globe.
More recently, the movie Somm captured the angst, emotion and preparation that goes into taking the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. Included in the film are long-time WOPN presenter Fred Dame and local MS candidate Brian McClintic.
Sara Schneider from Sunset Magazine will lead panelists on an exploration of just why Pinot Noir has become such a Hollywood starlet. Taste wines along with movie stars and producers. Can you guess the wines? Can our panelists? It’s Sideways vs. Somm.
And who else to prepare lunch after this movie madness, but our own Frank Ostini from Hitching Post II Restaurant? HP2 was the “set” for much of Sideways, putting the restaurant and Frank’s oak-grilled fare on the map. He’ll pull out all the stops for a red-carpet luncheon.
Pinot Noir by the Sea Grand Tasting
Bacara Ballroom & Terrace
Saturday, 3 - 6pm, early admission at 2.30pm
Featuring a different roster of wineries from California and even more wines from our international and regional participants, the Grand Tasting continues the World of Pinot Noir tradition of Pinot Noir by the Sea. The Grand Ballroom and Terraces will be the setting for more than 120 producers of our alluring grape. Chef David Reardon and his culinary team will pull out all the stops for tasty pinot inspired appetizers as you taste. C’est Cheese will be there with their incredible cheese tasting and our Silent Auction returns with a new slate of magnums, verticals and special bottlings. You’ll taste some of the world’s most delicious Pinot Noirs and understand why winemakers say Pinot Noir is “all about place”.
Enjoy the view of the Pacific from the Terraces as you immerse yourself in the World of Pinot Noir! Opt for early admission for a more leisurely experience and an additional half hour of tasting.
Rotunda & Terrace
As we close WOPN 2014, there is no more fitting way than a communal gathering of food and wine! We’ll begin the evening with a seasonal and fresh plated amuse bouche as our featured winemakers and our team of sommeliers introduce themselves. Now primed for Pinot Noir action, wander the food stations set up by the entire Bacara culinary team, talk to the chefs, mingle with the winemakers, find that secret bottle recommendation from a Somm. Eat, Drink, Enjoy!
VIP Burgundy Dinner
Can’t get enough of Burgundies? The Miró Cellar will once again be the setting for an intimate dinner for just three dozen guests. This evening’s focus will continue our in-depth look at Burgundy, the epicenter of Pinot Noir. Maison Louis Jadot's winemaker Frédéric Barnier will present many of their most prized Grand Cru wines in the beautiful atmosphere of the Bacara wine cellar. A six-course, gourmet meal will complement the wines, which will be expertly served by our sommelier team.