Spring came to Chicago this weekend. When the weather breaks in the Windy City, we are grateful and everyone takes their activities outside.
Downtown Chicago and Navy Pier get really crowded so I am grateful that my life partner and Evanston Cellars co-owner, Janice MacDonald attended the annual Pinot Days (#pinotdays) while I guided a wine tour in NW Indiana (#Indianawines).
After the movie "Sideways", Pinot Noir has become the sought-after grape for wine. It's a notoriously hard grape to grow. A well made Pinot Noir commands premium pricing so its important to sort through different offerings to figure out what you can afford and enjoy.
Janice came back with these thoughts from the wines she tried:
> some of the of the non-pinot wines such as Chardonnay and Rose of Pinot Noir were a refreshing change from tasting straight up Pinots.
> my focus was on smaller artisanal wineries with small batch production.
> I enjoyed tastings by Friedman Wines and Cartograph.
> there were a few European producers which I wasn't expecting.
> it was a well run festival and I enjoyed meeting producers and making new industry contacts.
All in all it was a successful event and we look forward to Pinot Days 2017!