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Pinot In The City: Willamette Valley Wines Come To L.A.

Photo of the Willamette Valley by Krista Simmons/LAist
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When "Sideways" came out came out in 2004, Paul Giamatti sparked a fascination with all things pinot. The days of appreciating merlot were numbered, making way for appreciation of the delicate Burgundian grapes. The region in France isn't the only one that can produce excellent pinots though. Local appellations like Paso Robles, the Russian River Valley, and Carneros have made waves in the wine world. And recently, the Willamette Valley has become known for it's stellar pinot noirs.

The Willamette, which is located just outside the oh-so-hip city of Portland, has the perfect climate for growing pinot. Wine Spectator and other trade publications are doling out awards to wines from the region left and right. So if you're a fan of the luscious varietal, or just like good wine in general, you'll be stoked to know that Willamette is coming to you, no Southwest sale required.

On Wednesday, over 65 wineries from the Willamette will decend upon Los Angeles for Pinot in the City. Consider it your chance to snuggle up with this fabulous varietal and mix and mingle with producers, winemakers, and winery from the cool-climate region.

Wineries expected at the event include Andrew Rich Wines, Bergström Wines, Big Table Farm, Dusky Goose, Elk Cove Vineyards, Montinore Estate, Ponze Vineyards, Rex Hill, Scott Paul Wines, Seneann, Soter Vineyards, and Whistling Dog Cellars.

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The event goes from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at The Ebell. Tickets are $75 per person. Advanced registration is required and available here.