Family Winemakers returns for its 11th tasting of small, family-owned wineries from Mendocino to Temecula. Traditionally open to trade and wine media, this year the event welcomes consumers. An special lounge called iSip is specially ticketed for those people who want to taste wine from 25 different wineries, retailing for $75 or more a bottle.
Designated drivers get in free and will receive a wristband establishing them as such, though if observed tasting wines, they will be asked to leave (so, no sneaking!)
Sunday, March 9th, 3:30-6 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
300 E. Green St., Pasadena 91101
Cost: $60, general admission ($70, at the door); $80, iSip Lounge Reserve
Purchase tickets here
For more info, visit FamilyWinemakers.org
Expand your knowledge of California Pinot Noir at the 2014 Pasadena Grand PinotFest. On Sunday, March 30th, bottles will start to pour, glasses start to fill, noses start to sniff, and taste buds will start flex their muscles. Last year, over 500 people attended what’s called the biggest wine event in San Gabriel Valley—while also enjoying the cuisine by Chef Claud Beltran of Claud & Co Eatery.
This year, Wedell and Sojourn Cellars will be the pinot vendors and as usual bottles will be available for purchase (so bring your re-usable wine totes).
The evening will hum with a musical performance by jazz saxophonist Michael Lington. A native of Denmark, Lington has performed for the Queen and Prince of his country, as well as performing at Royal Albert Hall and before President Clinton. He has opened arena shows for Barry Manilow and for 36 months toured around the world with Michael Bolton as his special guest.
Pasadena Grand Pinot Fest 2014
Sunday, March 30th, 2-5 p.m. (general admission)
Noor, 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Cost: $115, general; $165, VIP (admission at noon) – purchase tickets here
For more info, visit PasadenaGrandPinotFest.com