Posted on January 26, 2018

2018 World of Pinot Noir Announces Official Program Lineup

Tickets for Grand Tastings, seminars, parties, and pairing dinners and lunches are now available for the upcoming annual weekend-long event, March 1-3 at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara.

January 26, 2018 (Santa Barbara, Calif.) – The World of Pinot Noir (WOPN), the foremost organization dedicated to the education and celebration of Pinot Noir, announces its official program lineup for this year’s marquee event, March 1-3, at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, in Santa Barbara.

Featuring more than 250 wineries from around the world, the event includes two days of dinners, expert-led wine seminars, luncheons, parties and two Grand Tastings. Tickets for all WOPN events are now available at

In light of the recent natural disasters in California, a portion of proceeds from WOPN’s two Grand Tasting Charity Silent Auctions will support ongoing relief efforts.

Event highlights of the 2018 program lineup include three Grand Tastings; a Burgundy-Oregon seminar led by Joshua Greene, editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine; the returning Burgundy in-depth seminar led by Master Sommelier David Glancy, founder of the San Francisco Wine School; a celebration of the world’s leading women winemakers of Pinot Noir; and an afternoon Rosé lawn party and luncheon, held on Bacara’s seaside bluff overlooking the ocean.

“This year’s upcoming World of Pinot Noir is on pace to be the biggest and most well-attended in the non-profit’s 18 year history of promoting this delicious and loved wine grape,” says Coby Parker-Garcia, president of the WOPN Board of Directors. “We are also proud that this year’s event will further raise the bar of experiences for Pinot Noir lovers, from casual fans to wine professionals.” 

Wine experts – Matt Kettmann, of Wine Enthusiast; Chris Sawyer, sommelier and wine journalist; Master of Wine Bree Boskov of the Oregon Wine Board; the editors of The SOMM Journal, and Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher, round out the long list of wine experts. In addition, Chef Umit Kaygusuz, Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef and guest Chef Ken Tominaga, founder of PABU in San Francisco and Boston, and Hana Japanese Restaurant in Sonoma will be preparing gourmet Pinot Noir pairing menus throughout the weekend.

Here is the full 2018 World of Pinot Noir program. All events take place March 1-3, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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