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Pinot on the River: Win Tix

You could win two tickets to the ultimate small-production pinot noir tasting

CONTEST CLOSED: CONGRATS TO MEG!

Want to win tickets?

Quotable Pinot is the name of the game. Find a great historic quote, then insert “pinot noir” somewhere and add it to the comments below.

A bad example: “To pinot noir or not to pinot noir: That is the question.” – Hamlet on wine drinking.
The more original, the better.

One winner will receive two tickets to Pinot on the River, Oct. 23 in Healdsburg.

Enter a comment below. Winners will be notified on Friday, Oct. 22, 2011. USE AN EMAIL YOU CHECK FREQUENTLY when posting. Otherwise, you may miss out. Full rules here.

“…this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as PINOT NOIR is concerned.” – Luther Burbank, via BiteClub.

More accessible than ever, Pinot on the River (Oct. 23, 2011) is a grape-stained afternoon of artisan, small production wine tasting from 100 top-notch West Coast winemakers. These aren’t Styrofoam cup sippers, but seriously collectible and eminently quaffable wines like Alysian, Landmark, Donatiello, Papapietro-Perry, Deloach, MacPhail, Littorai, Patz & Hall, Roadhouse and on and on. Now in its 8th year, the event has been scaled back to a walkable tasting in the Healdsburg Square, between noon and 4pm, leaving plenty of time for enjoying lunch downtown. (Early entry at 11am is $85, regular tickets $75)

They’ve recently added a number of Santa Cruz Mountain wineries including Windy Oaks, Thomas Fogarty, Burrell School, Mount Eden and Muns Vineyard, showcasing this impressive, but still often overlooked pinot-growing region.

Check out more details at pinotfestival.com.

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136 thoughts on “Pinot on the River: Win Tix

  1. Maya Angelou said this:
    ‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow with Pinot Noir.’
    ‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: Pinot Noir, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

  2. “Frankly, my dear. I don’t give a damn.”
    – Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)

    Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn; give me my Pinot Noir!

  3. Maya Angelou said this:
    ‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow with Pinot Noir.’
    ‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: Pinot Noir, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

  4. To one who has Pinot Noir, no explanation is necessary. To one without Pinot Noir, no explanation is possible.
    ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

  5. “Frankly, my dear. I don’t give a damn.”
    – Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)

    Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn; give me my Pinot Noir!

  6. To one who has Pinot Noir, no explanation is necessary. To one without Pinot Noir, no explanation is possible.
    ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

  7. “Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.”

    from Boswell’s Life of Johnson (Samuel Johnson)

    “Sir, I have found you a pinot noir, but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.”

  8. “Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.”

    from Boswell’s Life of Johnson (Samuel Johnson)

    “Sir, I have found you a pinot noir, but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.”

  9. “For the first time in my life the pinot noir was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me. ”

    ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

  10. “Let us cross over the river, and drink Pinot Noir under the shade of the trees.” – Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson from his death bed following the battle of Chancellorsvill

  11. Whatsoever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
    Pinot Noir has genius, power and magic in it. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  12. And he likes having thought of it so well
    He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ Robert Frost — Mending Wall

    And he likes having thought of it so well
    He says again, “Good Pinot Noirs make good neighbors.”

  13. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
    Howard Beale (Peter Finch)

    I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to drink anything but Pinot anymore!

  14. Good Pinot Noir is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
    Henry Ward Beecher

  15. “For the first time in my life the pinot noir was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me. ”

    ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

  16. Jules: Russian River Valley. That’s that Pinot growin’ place. I hear they got some tasty Pinot. I ain’t never had one myself. How are they?

    Brett: They’re good.

    Jules: Mind if I try one of yours? This is yours here, right?
    [Picks up glass and takes a sip]

    Jules: Mmm-mmmm. That IS a tasty Pinot.

  17. “Let us cross over the river, and drink Pinot Noir under the shade of the trees.” – Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson from his death bed following the battle of Chancellorsvill

  18. Whatsoever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
    Pinot Noir has genius, power and magic in it. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  19. And he likes having thought of it so well
    He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ Robert Frost — Mending Wall

    And he likes having thought of it so well
    He says again, “Good Pinot Noirs make good neighbors.”

  20. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
    Howard Beale (Peter Finch)

    I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to drink anything but Pinot anymore!

  21. Good Pinot Noir is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
    Henry Ward Beecher

  22. Jules: Russian River Valley. That’s that Pinot growin’ place. I hear they got some tasty Pinot. I ain’t never had one myself. How are they?

    Brett: They’re good.

    Jules: Mind if I try one of yours? This is yours here, right?
    [Picks up glass and takes a sip]

    Jules: Mmm-mmmm. That IS a tasty Pinot.

  23. Sonoma County Pinot Noir is a lot like sex –
    When it’s good, it’s Great, and
    When it’s bad…..

    It’s still pretty good.

    Winston Churchill

  24. Sonoma County Pinot Noir is a lot like sex –
    When it’s good, it’s Great, and
    When it’s bad…..

    It’s still pretty good.

    Winston Churchill

  25. “Nobody puts ‘Pinot Noir’ in the corner!” -Dirty Dancing

    I know we’re only supposed to enter one, but I really couldn’t decide! Here’s my other favorite:

    “If you pour it (Pinot Noir), we will come.” -Field of Dreams

  26. “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a ” pinot noir ” and the incarnation was complete.”

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Chapter 6, from The Great Gatsby

  27. “Pinot Noir is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, Pinot Noir is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not a Pinot.”
    -Pablo Picasso

  28. “My Mama always said, ‘Life was like a bottle of Pinot Noir; you never know what you’re gonna taste.'” – Forrest Gump

  29. “Nobody puts ‘Pinot Noir’ in the corner!” -Dirty Dancing

    I know we’re only supposed to enter one, but I really couldn’t decide! Here’s my other favorite:

    “If you pour it (Pinot Noir), we will come.” -Field of Dreams

  30. “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink pinot noir. They wake up in the morning and that’s the best they are going to feel all day.”
    -Frank Sinatra

  31. “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a ” pinot noir ” and the incarnation was complete.”

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Chapter 6, from The Great Gatsby

  32. “Pinot Noir is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, Pinot Noir is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not a Pinot.”
    -Pablo Picasso

  33. “My Mama always said, ‘Life was like a bottle of Pinot Noir; you never know what you’re gonna taste.'” – Forrest Gump

  34. Drink Pinot, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink Pinot and be saved. – Medieval German saying

  35. “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink pinot noir. They wake up in the morning and that’s the best they are going to feel all day.”
    -Frank Sinatra

  36. My entry is:

    There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own ” pinot noir ” way.

    Author: Christopher Morley ( 1890-1957 )

  37. Drink Pinot, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink Pinot and be saved. – Medieval German saying

  38. My entry is:

    There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own ” pinot noir ” way.

    Author: Christopher Morley ( 1890-1957 )

  39. “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Pinot Noir” ~ Bette Davis (in Old Acquaintance)

  40. The Pinot Noir still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.”
    ― Jack London, White Fang

    OR

    “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with Pinot Noir.”
    ― Jack London

  41. There once was a boy from Nantucket,
    Who drank Pinot Noir from a bucket.
    Someone gave him a glass,
    (a pretty young lass),
    So he lifted it up and he drunk it!

  42. “Four score and twenty centuries ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new imbibement, conceived in Burgundy, and dedicated to the proposition that all wines are not created equal … We here highly resolve that the grapes shall not have died in vain, that this wine, Blauburgunder, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that Pinot Noir of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – President Abraham Lincoln

  43. This day is called the feast of Pinot Noir:
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of Pinot Noir.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say ‘To-morrow is Pinot Noir day:’
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
    And say ‘These wounds I had on Pinot Noir’s day.’
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
    Familiar in his mouth as household words
    Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Pinot Noir shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remember’d;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Pinot Noir’s day.

    – William Shakespeare – Henry V

    1. Now that I see it on the page, I realize that more than “Pinot Noir” needs to be changed:

      This day is called the feast of Pinot Noir:
      He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
      Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
      And rouse him at the name of Pinot Noir.
      He that shall live this day, and see old age,
      Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
      And say ‘To-morrow is Pinot Noir:’
      Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
      And say ‘These wounds I had on Pinot Noir’s day.’
      Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
      But he’ll remember with advantages
      What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
      Familiar in his mouth as household words
      Rochioli the king, Williams and Selyem,
      Kosta and Brown, Dehlinger and Siduri,
      Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
      This story shall the good man teach his son;
      And Pinot Noir shall ne’er go by,
      From this day to the ending of the world,
      But we in it shall be remember’d;
      We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
      For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
      Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
      This day shall gentle his condition:
      And gentlemen in Sonoma now a-bed
      Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
      And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
      That fought with us upon Pinot Noir’s day.

  44. Pinot Noir isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.”

    – Zig Ziglar

  45. “I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our Pinot.” -John F. Kennedy

  46. Two Pinot Noirs converged in a wood. I took the Pinot Noir less traveled by and it has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

  47. in the imortal words of Twister Sister…

    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I want to Pinot (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)

    Turn it down you say,
    Well all I got to say to you is time again I say, “Pinot!”
    Pinot! Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot!
    Tell me not to play
    Well, all I got to say to you when you tell me not to play,
    I say, “Pinot!”
    Pinot! Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot!
    So, if you ask me why I like the way I play it
    There’s only one thing I can say to you

    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I want to Pinot (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)

    There’s a feelin’ that
    I get from nothin’ else and there ain’t nothin’ in the world
    That makes me PINOT!!
    PINOT!! PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!!
    Turn the power up
    I’ve waited for so long so I could hear my favorite song so,
    Let’s PINOT!!
    PINOT!! PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!!
    When it’s like this I feel the music shootin’ through me
    There’s nothin’ else that I would rather do

    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I want to Pinot (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)

  48. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the Pinots that you didn’t drink than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore Pinot Noir. Dream Pinot Noir. Discover Pinot Noir.”
    ~ Mark Twain

  49. “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Pinot Noir” ~ Bette Davis (in Old Acquaintance)

  50. The Pinot Noir still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.”
    ― Jack London, White Fang

    OR

    “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with Pinot Noir.”
    ― Jack London

  51. There once was a boy from Nantucket,
    Who drank Pinot Noir from a bucket.
    Someone gave him a glass,
    (a pretty young lass),
    So he lifted it up and he drunk it!

  52. “Four score and twenty centuries ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new imbibement, conceived in Burgundy, and dedicated to the proposition that all wines are not created equal … We here highly resolve that the grapes shall not have died in vain, that this wine, Blauburgunder, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that Pinot Noir of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – President Abraham Lincoln

  53. This day is called the feast of Pinot Noir:
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of Pinot Noir.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say ‘To-morrow is Pinot Noir day:’
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
    And say ‘These wounds I had on Pinot Noir’s day.’
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
    Familiar in his mouth as household words
    Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Pinot Noir shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remember’d;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Pinot Noir’s day.

    – William Shakespeare – Henry V

    1. Now that I see it on the page, I realize that more than “Pinot Noir” needs to be changed:

      This day is called the feast of Pinot Noir:
      He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
      Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
      And rouse him at the name of Pinot Noir.
      He that shall live this day, and see old age,
      Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
      And say ‘To-morrow is Pinot Noir:’
      Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
      And say ‘These wounds I had on Pinot Noir’s day.’
      Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
      But he’ll remember with advantages
      What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
      Familiar in his mouth as household words
      Rochioli the king, Williams and Selyem,
      Kosta and Brown, Dehlinger and Siduri,
      Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
      This story shall the good man teach his son;
      And Pinot Noir shall ne’er go by,
      From this day to the ending of the world,
      But we in it shall be remember’d;
      We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
      For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
      Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
      This day shall gentle his condition:
      And gentlemen in Sonoma now a-bed
      Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
      And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
      That fought with us upon Pinot Noir’s day.

  54. Pinot Noir isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.”

    – Zig Ziglar

  55. “I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our Pinot.” -John F. Kennedy

  56. Two Pinot Noirs converged in a wood. I took the Pinot Noir less traveled by and it has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

  57. in the imortal words of Twister Sister…

    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I want to Pinot (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)

    Turn it down you say,
    Well all I got to say to you is time again I say, “Pinot!”
    Pinot! Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot!
    Tell me not to play
    Well, all I got to say to you when you tell me not to play,
    I say, “Pinot!”
    Pinot! Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot, Pinot!
    So, if you ask me why I like the way I play it
    There’s only one thing I can say to you

    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I want to Pinot (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)

    There’s a feelin’ that
    I get from nothin’ else and there ain’t nothin’ in the world
    That makes me PINOT!!
    PINOT!! PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!!
    Turn the power up
    I’ve waited for so long so I could hear my favorite song so,
    Let’s PINOT!!
    PINOT!! PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!, PINOT!!
    When it’s like this I feel the music shootin’ through me
    There’s nothin’ else that I would rather do

    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)
    I want to Pinot (Pinot Noir)
    I wanna Pinot! (Pinot Noir)

  58. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the Pinots that you didn’t drink than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore Pinot Noir. Dream Pinot Noir. Discover Pinot Noir.”
    ~ Mark Twain

  59. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the Pinots that you didn’t drink than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore Pinot Noir. Dream Pinot Noir. Discover Pinot Noir.”
    ~ Mark Twain

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