Pinot Days, a vintage-centric gourmet food celebration that annually storms San Francisco and Chicago, is coming to Los Angeles for the first time on January 17th. Taking place at The Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport from 1-5 p.m., the Grand Festival event will host 75 winemakers along with 400 pinot noirs that they produce, paired with food samplings from five caterers and food producers like California Cheese and Butter Assoc., Gourmet Grill Masters, and FishLips Sushi. The event seeks to unite Pinot lovers with Pinot experts to educate imbibers on the intricacies and pleasures of producing and drinking it. Tickets are $50 and available online. Grub Street readers who enter the code GrubStreetSC10 will get a 10% discount on Grand Festival tickets.
There are two other food and wine events leading up to the Pinot Days Grand Festival. On Thursday, January 14th, Chef James Overbaugh will prepare a winemaker’s “Table Hop” dinner, with four courses and fourteen pinots at $120, for winemakers to play like The Mad Hatter’s tea party and switch seats every course so everyone gets a crack at picking their brains. On Saturday the 16th, the same style of dinner will be curated and hosted by Rich Mead at Newport’s Sage on the Coast for $100. Full details can be found here online.