By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 5:24 pm in Corkheads.
Sorry I’ve been MIA. It’s been a hectic week on the story-front, and I’ve been Tweeting about the protests in Iran.
In half an hour I will be drinking a 2007 Pali Wine Company Pinot Noir from from the Momtazi Vineyard Willamette Valley. The winery is based in Lompoc, a 45-minute drive from my former newspaper, the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Lompoc is known for its chalky soils, a rarity in California that yields semi-Burgundian Pinot Noir.
But the Momtazi Vineyard should yield spectacular fruit. It is managed by Moe Momtazi and his daughter Tahmiene, who is also the winemaker for the Momtazi’s estate label, Maysara. The vineyard, located in McMinnville, Oregon, is planted to 200 acres of Pinot Noir.
I’ll let you know what it tastes like in the morning, as I’m dashing off for a SLO reunion and plan to share it with girls. But I wanted to get this post in before I left as a reminder that Pinot Days is coming to San Francisco June 24-28 at Fort Mason. The Pali Wine Company will be in attendance as will 200 other producers.
At $50, the Grand Festival Public Tasting is probably the best bang for your buck. For more information and tickets, visit Pinot Days.