The Steamboat Pinot Noir Conference began in 1980 as a means of "Improving the Breed." Like the wine, this memorable event continues to evolve* and flourish. Our mission is as relevant today as it was when the Conference commenced:
- To bring Pinot noir producers together to blind taste unfinished Pinots from around the globe, New World and Old.
- To openly exchange information and share experiences regarding the growing of Pinot noir and the styles and techniques of Pinot noir winemaking.
- To foster growth, learning, and conviviality in a relaxed setting and rekindle our passion for winemaking.
July 23-26, 2017
- Sunday 4:30-6:30, Pinot Noir: Press Sensations and Cellar Selections. This year, the Panorama tasting will have two themes in mind: To feature Pinots that have recently received darling scores from the wine press, and secondly, to re-visit inspiring Pinots dusted off after a few years in the cellar. Lab numbers and technical notes will be acquired for all wines. Tasting and discussion to be led by Doug Frost, who is both a Master of Wine and a Master Sommelier, one of two in the entire US. Doug is also a master educator with an engaging personality and a delightful sense of humor.
- Following breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, we will blind taste one unfinished Pinot Noir from each attending winery. These barrel samples should be from the 2016 vintage for Northern Hemisphere producers and either the 2016 or 2017 vintage for Southern Hemisphere producers. Each attending winery is expected to bring one wine in this category (x4 bottles). The formal tastings begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and usually run to 1:30 p.m., followed by lunch. See Event Details page for additional instructions
Afternoons are yours to enjoy. Recreational opportunites abound: nearby waterfalls, hotsprings and swimming holes; riverside hiking and mountain-biking trails; world-class steelhead and trout fly fishing
2013 Vintage Retrospective Tasting / Experiments / Happy Hour Lawn Tastings
- On Monday and Tuesday evenings, before dinner, the Steamboat garden is the staging area for multiple informal, sociable tastings
- Please bring x4 bottles of 2013 Pinot Noir for a vintage Retrospective tasting
- If you wish to bring an experiment of Pinot Noir, then please bring x2 bottles of each wine in your trial. This may be from current or past vintages. You can expect to get valuable and honest feedback about your experiment. This is a welcomed contribution to the Conference, but optional
- Lastly, a bathtub of ice will be staged for White, Rose and Bubbles; bring what you wish to share and refresh you palette
- Dinners do not have organized tastings, with the exception that you are encouraged to bring older Pinots for the Tuesday dinner. Otherwise, please bring any wine you love, including other varieties, to share.
The conference concludes after lunch following the Wednesday morning formal tasting. In the interest of treating every formal wine equally we strongly request that if you attend the Conference you plan to stay for the duration. The last couple of years we have had a unsettling number of tasters bail out before the last tasting on Wednesday morning. Please realize that every wine deserves the full attention of ALL participants. The unique aspect of the Steamboat Conference is that it is the participants and their wines that make up the heart of the event