World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) organizers announced earlier this week that in 2014, the popular event celebrating all things pinot noir will relocate to the Barcara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. (Technically, the Barcara is in Goleta, but Santa Barbara proper isn't far)
WOPN 2014 will take place Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1.
"We look forward to welcoming those who join us each year, as well as newcomers to our 14th celebration of pinot noir," said current WOPN President Norm Yost, winemaker/owner at Flying Goat Cellars of Lompoc.
Ticket packages for the event will go on sale Monday, July 1, at www.wopn.com, although tickets for specific events (by day) will not be available until early fall.
According to a WOPN news release, Friday will feature a pair of seminars, a tasting from producers small and large and wine regions near and far, and a pair of winemaker dinners created by Executive Chef David Reardon. Saturday's schedule includes the popular Burgundy seminar/tasting, the World of Pinot Grand Tasting of more than 100 wineries, the Gala Dinner and a featured winery dinner in the Miro Restaurant Wine Cellar.
More than 2,000 guests regularly attend the weekend events that feature pinot noir from 180 wineries ranging from California, Oregon, Burgundy, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Austria, Switzerland and New York. ￼