In May, online and in-person events are planned to celebrate pinot noir in Anderson Valley.

March 30 – Boonville, CA – Spin, Spin, Pinot! For the second time in May, the Anderson Valley Wine Growers Association (AVWA) is celebrating the region’s signature grape for a month. Due to precautionary measures by Covida 19, the 23rd annual Pinot Noir Festival will once again be postponed. Instead, the AVWA will be hosting online and small remote events throughout the month of May.

For those of you who can travel, we invite you to taste your way through the valley with our first ever Pinot Passport. From the rolling hills of Boonville to the dense redwoods of the Deep Ends, wineries view their pinot from a VIP tasting perspective. From 14 to 16 years old. In May, Passport members can sample duck and pinot at Anderson Estate or learn the art of blending at Phillips Hill before sampling library wines at Handley Cellars. Overlooking the tall trees, tasters can put their taste buds to the test by comparing a Pinot from Toulouse matured in Hungarian oak with one from France matured in French oak. Taste Husha’s vineyards and talk about the winery’s long heritage of planting the first pinot noir vines in the Anderson Valley. Tickets for the weekend are available from 2. April available on CellarPass.

In addition to the passport, we’re bringing Pinot to people by hosting a series of webinars throughout the month. Every Wednesday in May, industry experts like Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle and sommelier Tonya Pitts will share the hippie-inspired history of pinot noir from the region and give you a taste of the Deep End. Improve your tasting skills with master sommelier Nick Hetzel, who will explain the elements of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Finally, find out what makes Anderson Valley Pinot so culinary with A16’s Shelley Lindgren. By the end of the month, you’ll be an Anderson Valley expert and a pinot noir prodigy. A limited number of boxes are available from the AVWA and will be available starting in the 2nd quarter. April for sale at Individual webinar packages are available starting at $5. Available in April from retail partner Zachys. Webinars will be held from 5. May, every Wednesday at 4pm. (Pacific time).

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, but we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate throughout the month. May is the time of flowers, chrysanthemums and Anderson Valley pinot noir. Toast with us by sending us your #pinotpics and following #avpinotmonth. For more information on the Passport experience and weekly webinars, visit

About the Anderson Valley Wine Growers Association.

The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association (AVWA) was founded in 1983 – the same year as its name. The non-profit organization, which has 26 wineries, 52 wineries and 70 associate members, is committed to supporting the region’s best winemakers and wineries and promoting the region’s excellent wines. The association is not only a resource for its members, but also strives to improve its community by making annual donations to local non-profit organizations.


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