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Pinot Passion Fest


A Passion 4 Pinot, known as The Palm Springs Pinot Noir Fest, will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Rancho Mirage, Ca., on January 18th, 2020 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. This wine festival is considered the largest Pinot Noir Winemaker tasting event in the history of Southern California. There are over 50 participating winemakers and wineries on hand to pour their world-class Pinot Noir.

Festival organizer David Fraschetti (we know him from VinDiego and the Rancho Mirage Food & Wine Festival) “requested” the top Pinot Noir producers to bring their “A” game—he set the bar by desiring only their “cult-status Pinot Noir”. He and his wife knocked on the doors of 30 premium world-class wineries and asked if they would come to Palm Springs and pour their best Pinot Noir. Not only did the winemakers want in, but word got out all over the Pinot Noir map and world class vintners came knocking at the Fraschetti’ door!

Both at VinDiego, Rancho Mirage Wine fest, and here at the PS Pinot Noir Fest, David is known to keep the amount of participating wineries and crowd attendance at an efficient number, thereby satisfying winemakers and wine lovers to enjoy the day without a mass onslaught of attendees.

Since world-class Pinot Noir demands world-class cuisine, six distinguished chefs will be serving up their delicious creations at the festival: Bruno Lopez, Executive Chef, Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage; Chef Paul, Executive Chef, Miramonte; Peter Smith, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa; Jorge Martinez, Specialty Chef, The Edge Steakhouse; James Nellis, Chef, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs; and, Drew Davis, Chef, Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant.

Finally, for you Pinot enthusiasts, on Friday, January 17, there will be two winemaker panel discussions and tastings that will explore “The Neighborhoods” of Sonoma County’s iconic Russian River Valley, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir: Under the Radar and a Cut Above, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm. Each seminar will lead guests through a line-up of marquee wines that spotlight the regions’ best wines and brings together some of the very best winemakers from the various areas. $55 per seminar.

The Palm Springs Pinot Noir Wine Fest at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, January 17th & 18th. Admission $95 per person; Special packages at $125.

A list of participating wineries can be found at palmspringspinotfest.com/participants.

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