Think you Know Pinot? #Pinotinthecity Review

There are several variations on the quote:

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”


“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”


“The more I know, the less I understand.”

-Don Henley (What? Similar company, no?)

That is the only way to summarize the Pinot in the City event that I recently attended at the J.W. Marriot in Austin. That and I NEED TO GO TO WILLAMETTE VALLEY!

I digress.

I attended in the afternoon as media, in the evening as a fan, and in two separate blocks of time I still couldn’t taste everything I wanted to taste. There were tables that were consistently full. There were bigger names that I have sampled elsewhere or could buy locally. There were producers that were new to me. The truth is, I could have been there all day, taking palate-cleansing breaks, and still felt like I couldn’t hit everything. Not well, not with the attention they deserve.

I compared clones from neighboring vineyards and vertical samples from one plot. I tasted Pinot Gris that cleansed and teased my palate, Pinot Blanc, layered and zesty. I had a few sparkling wines and flat wines that sparkled. And while the wines warmed and pleased my palate, the winemakers, owners, and representatives warmed my heart. An amazing group of people.

Often at these events, you come away with a half a dozen stand out wines. This event had so many gems, standing out was more of a challenge. My only complaint was that this format does not give the opportunity to give the wines the time they deserve. There were so many that I wanted to sit with, observe. There were so many stories I wanted to hear, questions I wanted to ask. The day tasting left me intoxicated with out swallowing more that one ounce. The evening left me dancing (on the inside) and wanting more.

It has been a week and I have found myself searching homes on VRBO to rent in Willamette and for the labels in the stores. One of my new goals for 2017? I want to be able to compare and learn the various Pinot clones in depth. Different clones, same site. Same clones, different sites. The more I tasted, the more I saw the diversity. The more I know, the more I want to know, the more I realize I have so much to learn.

Many thanks to all of the wonderful people from the Willamette Valley Wineries who were still smiling and sharing at the end of the day. I just wanted to send them all to a spa and give them a beer. It is exhausting work that they don’t have to do. But they do. And I am so grateful for the chance to attend.

There is no way to pick a favorite, even five favorites, but here are some of the many standouts via Twitter and photos:

only one sample I didn’t spit/dump during the afternoon tasting and first stop in the evening.


@ColemanVineyard Such a pleasure to sample your varying clones. I’m hooked. #pinotinthecity

@Adelsheim Beautiful wines. Thank you for visiting #Austin. #pinotinthecity


Your was lively and delicious at a great price! Thanks for coming to !


Sampled a 26 yr old at with . Amazing

These labels are fabulous, aren’t they? Appropriate considering their contents.

  Beautiful wines. Thank you for taking the time to share at .

A pleasure to meet you at . I look forward to exploring your

Really lovely wines. A pleasure to meet you at #pinotinthecity

hope I didn’t scare Liz with my groupie like gushing over her wine…#pinotinthecity

Your wine shines! Will be stopping by @

(Can you tell I am a big fan of Elizabeth Chambers?)

was all I imagined and more. Need more time with these gorgeous wines! Must visit

Loved the layers in the Olsen Estate. inthecity.

delicious wines. A pleasure to meet you, Jessica!


Standout wines! Loved the white . we were singing your praises too! A visit is in order!


Brooks Pinot Blanc was unique and delicious…

I could go on an on. Imagine once I visit? I’ve drunk the Pinot, indeed.






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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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