Our mission is to bring Pinot Noir producers from the most exceptional and unique regions in the world together with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend of celebration and education on the shores of California's beautiful Central Coast.
Our annual event takes place at the beginning of March and includes two days of in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, Grand Tastings, a Burgundy seminar and tasting and gourmet, locally-influenced lunches and dinners. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the U.S.
The World of Pinot Noir was established in 2001 by a small but dedicated group of winemakers from California’s South Central Coast. We are a non-profit 501 (c) (6) trade organization.
Terroir: the Soul of La Côte d’Or at WOPN 2013
At World of Pinot Noir 2013, Don Kinnan, CSS, CWE, and the lead instructor for the French Wine Society’s new Master Burgundy Certificate program presented an incredible in-depth seminar on the wines, soils, climate and history of the Côte d’Or. Kinnan started with Côte de Nuits and the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanee including a taste of wine from each village. For Côte de Beaune, Don focused on Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, and Puligny-Montrachet, with wines from each appellation.
Part 1: Terroir, the Soul of Burgundy
Part 2: Côte de Nuits
Part 3: Côte de Beaune
A Special Offer
Mr. Kinnan is also the lead instructor in the French Wine Society’s new Bourgogne Master-Level Program. This online program also includes instruction from experts Allen Meadows. Karen MacNeil, Jay Youmans, Becky Wasserman and Eric Hemer. Many who attended the Burgundy Seminar were interested in this course.
Click here for details on the program.
What wines do Burgundians themselves enjoy for their table? We learnt about the secret wines, small producers, and boutique producers as this 3-hour presentation focused on the “insider wines” of the Cote d’Or (plus Corton). We were delighted that Don Kinnan CSS, CWE returned to lead us in this tasting and discussion. The session also includes a detailed discussion of the mountain of Corton, location of the Cote d’Or’s greatest expanse of Grand Cru vineyard acreage. The “insider wines” are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy enthusiasts who enjoy their value and pleasure, while saving their more expensive, high profile brethren for special occasions.
In addition to Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, wines were tasted from Marsannay, Fixin, Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-Les-Beaune, Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Santenay. A short history of viticulture and principal vineyards in each village was presented. During the presentation, 12 wines, selected to represent their villages best “terroirs”, were tasted.
You'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about attending the World of Pinot Noir on this page. But if you still can't find the information you need, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (805) 489-1758.
When and where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are sold via the Tickets section of this website. Ticket sales generally start in October. Please make sure you join our mailing list so that we can send you a reminder of when they go on sale each year.
Are tickets refundable?
All ticket sales are final.
What should I wear?
California casual during the days and evenings - all events. The sun usually shines bright on the event, but remember that it is the first week of March, and springtime is just coming to the Central Coast. Do as we do year round - bring layers!
What about children?
All WOPN events are for attendees 21 years and older. Some hotel properties do provide babysitting services if you are traveling with small children.
Can I bring my dog?
Some of the hotels do allow pets - please check with them directly. Due to Health Department restrictions, dogs are not allowed at any WOPN events.