Ambassadors of Pinot
Eight years ago, a group of 20 Russian River Villey Pinot Producers, including Lynmar, founded Pinot Forum. Held every August, Pinot Forum is an event that brings together sommeliers and wine buyers from restaurants all over the United States, to experience the appellation with winemakers and winery owners in a way that educates and entertains. The outcome, we hope, is a community of ambassadors who understand and tell the story of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir to the thousands of customers who enjoy fine wine with food.
This year, the 20 participating wineries sponsored 60 candidates to attend the two and a half day event. Lynmar Estate was designated as the host to three accomplished sommeliers: Mariya Kovacheva from Café Boulud in Palm Beach, Julian Uribe from the Edon Roc Hotel on Miami Beach and Scott Kay from Vine Street Partners in Los Angeles.
The first event of the Forum is a dinner with the host winery on Sunday night. This year, Marimar Torres and I decided to join forces and host a progressive dinner. So that evening, our guests and Marimar’s joined Lynn, Bibiana, Marimar, Alice (Hospitality Manager at Marimar Estate) and me for a glass of wine at Lynmar, followed by a Paella dinner prepared by Marimar at her home. It was a delightful evening and a good time was had by all.
On Monday and Tuesday, the participants attended seminars on Russian River Valley Vineyards, flavor profiles, winemaking trends, viticulture, etc. At each seminar, held at a different winery, winemakers, winegrowers, viticulturists and other experts from the participating wineries discussed the themes and tasted wines…. And, yes, a lot of glasses were involved. Our winemaker, Bibiana chaired the panel on ‘land’ and 250 glasses were used to taste 12 wines from four wineries on two consecutive days.
On Tuesday, all 20 wineries and the 60 participants came to Lynmar for lunch. David was at his best and the menu showcased our garden bounty and paired beautifully with the Pinot Noir. It was a warm day and so, by popular demand, we brought out our Rosé of Pinot Noir. Sun, wine, gardens and an outstanding lunch menu:
Mixed Organic Garden Greens with Crumbled Laura Chenel ‘Cabecou’ Chevre, Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
Parmesan Polenta with Gourmet Mushrooms, Sautéed Greens, Roasted Garlic, Marjoram Oil
Grilled Late Summer Vegetables (Zucchini, Peppers, Onions, Fennel, Corn)with Roasted Shallot Dressing
Grilled T-Bone of Local Lamb with Confit of Green & Black Olive with Preserved Lemon
Bittersweet Chocolate Clafouti with Salad of Summer Berries, Cocoa-Nib Praline