Pinot Around the World
2013 Oct 22

Around the World with Pinot Noir

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time: Reception 6:30PM; Tasting 7:00PM (sharp)
Where: Ranchmen’s Club 710 – 13 Avenue SW
Did you ever wonder how terroir affects Pinot Noir? Different climates, different wine makers all play a part in how a wine tastes. This is a great opportunity to compare and contrast wines from around the world and see if terroir really does make a difference.
Okanagan Valley, Canada
  • Le Vieux Pin Belle Epoch 2005
  • Le Vieux Pin Belle epoch 2006
  • Le Vieux Pin Perigee 2006The Grand Cru Society purchased some of the last Pinot Noir wines bottled by Le Vieux Pin, in my opinion, one of the best Pinot Noir producers in the Okanagan. Sadly, Le Vieux Pin has turned their focus to Rhone blends instead. This may be your only chance to try these great wines.

Burgundy, France

  • Voillot Volnay Les Fremiets 2003
  • Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Faiveley Monopole 2010For some people, Burgundy is the embodiment of Pinot Noir. Wine had been produced since Roman times in Burgundy but the Benedictine monks of Cluny left a lasting legacy when they introduced the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties to the region. Being astute, the monks also realized that the wine from certain parts of the vineyard was better than others and divided the land up into ‘parcels’ according to aspect, soil, orientation etc. This became the concept of ‘terroir’ so important in Burgundy today and one which we will explore during the tasting.

New Zealand

  • 2009 Felton Road Bannockburn Central OtagoThis Central Otago icon produces stunning biodynamic wines year after year. With a perfect microclimate and an expressive terroir, these guys really know their stuff. In 2010 Felton Road was designated a Grand Cru winery of New Zealand, given the title “Tipuraganga Teitei o Aotearoa”. This Grand Cru status, currently only held by two other wineries (including Ata Rangi), recognizes the premier producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.


  • Kistler Kistler Vineyard Russian River Valley Sonoma California 2006
  • Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Oregon 2007American wines are the epitome of New World wines. But did you know that Oregon is on the same latitude as Burgundy?
Cost: $75 each for members and first guest and $85 for non-members.

Dress Code: Business casual, as the Club has a no jeans policy

Please note that only cheese and bread will be served.

Remember Alberta’s new drink driving laws regarding .05

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