Throughout the month of March, WOPN is hosting a series of seminars, virtual winemaker tastings, a popular silent auction and the opportunity to taste exclusive wines from some of the world’s most sought-after wineries.

17. February 20, 2021 (Santa Barbara, CA) – The World Annual Pinot Noir Network (WOPN) is pleased to announce that it will participate in the celebration of the world’s largest grape festival in March. March 2021 is officially WOPN Wine Month.

The 2021 event usually takes place the first weekend in March at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, under the Santa Barbara sun, and will be entirely virtual. While we would all love to meet at a resort, this year’s challenges have brought an exciting positive element: the opportunity to expand the WOPN program beyond the usual three-day meeting.

The largest annual gathering of pinot noir producers and enthusiasts is not only virtual this year, it’s getting longer.

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during WOPN Wine Month, there will be a series of virtual tasting seminars, events, auctions and Winemakers Happy Hours via Zoom, Instagram Live and Facebook Live.

Each year, our more than 3,000 visitors often say they want even more content and more opportunities to talk intimately with the winemakers, says Laura Boras, president of the World Pinot Noir Board of Directors. This year we have the opportunity to expand those capabilities.

New this year is the WOPN experience on wine cases. Each guest receives a carefully selected case of Pinot Noir, chosen by our team of sommeliers from the World of Pinot. Every Wednesday (starting March 3), David Glancy, master sommelier and founder of the San Francisco Wine School, will conduct an exclusive wine workshop and discussion on three of the twelve wines.

Every Thursday (starting March 4), WOPN offers a different tasting workshop. During these round tables, winemakers talk about prominent figures in the wine world and places like Bien Nacido, the terroirs of the Santa Lucia Mountains, and explore the wild elegance of the Sonoma Coast. A collection of wines will be for sale at each tasting.

In addition to the eight tasting workshops, WOPN will host a series of free live Facebook and Instragram chats for winemakers and happy hours, every Wednesday at noon (PST) and Friday at 5 p.m. (PST), respectively.

WOPN’s popular annual silent auction is going virtual. Throughout the month, bid on great bottles, exclusive wines from the library and unique experiences from dozens of producers from around the world.

Click here for a full list of virtual WOPN Wine Month workshops. For a detailed monthly calendar and information on purchasing wines for the workshops, please visit the World of Pinot Noir website.

WOPN seminars on the wine trade

Burgundy – West Coast Connection
Wednesday 3. 17:00
Join us for this exploration of the deep ties between American West Coast Pinot Noir and Burgundy. Master sommelier David Glancy, founder of the San Francisco Wine School, will host a tasting that will immerse you in the climate, styles and philosophies of winemakers that connect Burgundy and these New World regions.

A new world of elegance
Wednesday 10. 17:00
Join master sommelier David Glancy, founder of the San Francisco Wine School, on this world tour and celebration of Pinot Noir expression. This tasting and discussion seminar will feature three pioneering producers who have a long history of making some of the most elegant wines in the New World.

Central Coast Pinot Noir Rise
Wednesday 17. 17:00
Over the past two decades, Pinot Noir, which comes from the cooler climates of the central coast, has gained worldwide recognition. Accompanied by a panel of winemakers, master sommelier David Glancy, founder of the San Francisco Wine School, will taste and discuss wines from three renowned producers from three different terroirs and show why the Central Coast is a thriving region.

Celebrating Old Vines in the Old World
Wednesday, 24. March 17 | 17:00
This fun and informative workshop led by Master Sommelier David Glancy, founder of the San Francisco Wine School, focuses on some of Europe’s most famous cool-climate regions and explores the heritage, diversity and richness of the variety produced by old Pinot Noir vines.

WOPN Thursday Seminar Series

Pinot Noir Rock Stars
Thursday, 4. 4 p.m.
Whether you call them icons, pioneers or legends, these esteemed winemakers have years of experience creating some of America’s most remarkable Pinot Noirs. Featuring Michael Brown of CIRQ/CHEV Wines, Josh Bergstrom of Bergstrom Wines, Gary Francioni of Roar Wines and Gary’s Vineyard, and Mark Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards, this vibrant and legendary team will share stories and insights on how they helped bring West Coast Pinot Noir to the world stage.

Santa Lucia Highlands: East of Eden – Paradise of the Pinot Noir
Thursday 11. March | 16h
The daily rumble of the winds from nearby Monterey Bay through the Santa Lucia highlands gives this area a unique character – the richness of pinot noir, the spiciness and all that delicious, mouth-watering fruit. Situated on terraced plateaus overlooking the fertile row crops of the Salinas Valley, Mount Santa Lucia is home to some of California’s most famous Pinot Noir vineyards and emblematic farm families from several generations. Join author and master sommelier Evan Goldstein and the six local winemakers to discover the history, the people, and the combination of sun, wind, and fog that make the region a paradise for Pinot Noir.

Thursday the 18th. The Sonoma CoastWorkshop, led by Keith Beavers, Tasting Director at VinePair, will take you on a fascinating and educational journey along the vast and rugged Sonoma Coast, whose hills and valleys have long produced some of the most famous Pinot Noirs in the New World. Beavers and a group of winemakers will explore the various terroirs of the Sonoma Coast and its sub-regions, such as the Russian River Valley and the Petaluma Gap, and show through the wines why the often harsh growing conditions of this coastal region are worthwhile.

Crafting experience with Kanzler Family Vineyards
Friday, 19. 4 p.m.
Chancellor Family Vineyards is offering WOPN fans the exclusive opportunity to purchase a 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir from WOPN Family Vineyards until supplies sell out. Library Wine 2017 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Chancellor Manor Vineyard, located southwest of Sevastopol in western Sonoma. The 14.5-hectare vineyard is part of Russia’s famous AVA Valley. This unique product includes the famous biscuit mix that has been named as one of Oprah’s favorites, and a special mustard from Hurley Farms in the Napa Valley. Bake cookies and join Alex and Breuna Chancellor for this unique and fun experience.

Santa Maria Valley: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Thursday, 25. 4 p.m.
Recently named one of 10 wineries producing some of the world’s most famous wines, Pinot Noir World is excited to host a workshop at this iconic and must-see location in the Santa Maria Valley. Join Matt Kettmann, editor-in-chief of the magazine and author of the acclaimed new book Grapevine and Visions : Along with him and a group of leading Santa Barbara County winemakers, he discusses the whys and hows of this famous vineyard that produces such beautiful and delicious Pinot Noir.

About World Pinot Noir
WOPN, a non-profit trade organization, was founded 21 years ago by a small group of dedicated winemakers on California’s Central Coast. The group’s mission is to bring together the world’s leading pinot noir producers and celebrate the delicious grapes in a beautiful setting. Winegrowers, potential sponsors and wine enthusiasts interested in learning more are invited to visit or contact us at [email protected]. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #wopn #wopn21

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