Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Pinots - Red, White, "Grey", Still, Sparkling - from around the World, Cellar Group Meets, Washington DC, October 2023

Led by Grant Crandall, President of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, there is a group of wine lovers in the Northern Virginia area that meets 4 times a year at one of the members' home for a wine-pairing dinner where everyone brings a bottle of wine with a corresponing dish, always under a common theme. This time, the event took place at our home in McLean, Northern Virginian (Greater Washington DC area),and the theme was: Pinots - red, white, grey, still and sparkling from around the world.

Pinots From Around The World

There is about:

15.000 hectares of Pinot Blanc in the world, with Germany accounting for 4.000, Italy for 3.000 and Austria for 2.000 hectares,

50.000 hectares of Pinot Gris in the world, with Italy accounting for 18.000, Germany for 7.000 and Australia for 4.000 hectares.

100.000 hectares of Pinot Noir in the world, with France accounting for 30.000. the USA (mainly Oregon) for 20.000 and Germany for 15.000 hectares.

The Tasting


NV André Chemin, Brut Tradition, Champagne, 100% Pinot Noir, France
Prosciutto wrapped melon (Angela)

2018 Seneca Lake Cuvée, Brut, Hermann J. Wiemer, Finger Lakes, US
Fig and Prosciutto appetizer (Stephanie)


2020 Pinot Gris Tradition, Albrecht, Alsace, France
Feta phyllo cup (Dave)

2015 Weisser Burgunder, Bad Kösener Saalhäuser, sgl.vineyard, Saale-Unstrut, Germany
Franconian bratwurst and brezel (Christian)


2021 Pinot Noir Clarice, Rosella’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, USA
Roasted chicken breast (Karen)

2020 Château de Garnerot, Première Cru „Les Voyens”, Mercurey, Burgundy, France
Polenta, homemade mole sauce (Brian)

2019 Château de Pommard, Monopole, Pommard, Burgundy, France
Mushroom stuffed crabs (Norm)

2015 Château de Pommard, Monopole, Pommard, Burgundy, France
Bacon wrapped dates and goat cheese (Susan)

2015 Pinot Noir, Alba Vineyard, NJ, USA
Beef Stroganoff (Joe)

2014 Pinot Noir, Rex Hill, Jacobs Hart Vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR, USA
Duck canapés (Grant)

1985 Pinot Noir, Estate, Eyrie Vineyards, McMinnville, OR, USA
Fois Gras (Al)

2018 Pinot Noir “Ten”, Sea Smoke, Santa Rita Hills, CA, USA
Fois Gras (Al)

2013 Pinot Noir “Ten”, Sea Smoke, Santa Rita Hills, CA, USA
Gruyere and mushroom tartlet (Jennifer)

2012 Pinot Noir “Roosevelt”, Elk Cove Vineyards, Willamette Valley, OR, USA
Turkey meatballs with pine nuts and tahini sauce (Rex)

2012 Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder, Bergmandel „GG“, Grand Cru, Schnaitmann, Württemberg,
Cumin Lamb (Annette)

2010 Pinot Noir, Estate, The Four Graces Winery, Willamette Valley, OR, USA
Mushroom Risotto (Joe)

2010 Domaine Bernard Dugat-Py, Cuvée Coeur de Roy Trés Vieilles Vignes, Chevrey-
Chambertin, Burgundy, France
Smoked Magret Duck Breast, homemade cherry jam crostinis (Roland)

Noble Sweet

1997 Pinot Gris, Clos Jebsal, SGN, Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace, France
Pear and Blue Cheese tartlets (Ticky)

Thank you


Christian and I very much enjoyed the evening. The selection of wines people brought was stellar and so were the food pairings. It is sooo much fun to discuss the wines with this very knowledgable group. We love hosting and I love sitting around a big table with wine, food and what's most important: good friends.

See you and Angela in St.Louis.
Annette & Christian
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