I realize that my East Coast–based friends and relatives will mock me for this statement, but this winter’s darkest moment has arrived for me — that moment when the rain just won’t let up and the year’s shortest month suddenly seems interminable. Cozy food and drink are my two favorite coping mechanisms, and today I can happily suggest pairing those two pastimes with a healthy dose of socializing at a local wine event that’s sure to be a good time.
The 8th Annual Pinot Noir Summit takes place Saturday, February 27, at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. A full day and evening of events kicks off at 12 noon with the Pinot Noir Showdown: a blind tasting (conducted by experts and laymen alike) of 40 highly rated Pinot Noirs, with winners announced at an 8 p.m. awards ceremony.
The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center is at 200 N. San Pedro Road in San Rafael.
Full-day Pinot Noir Summit tickets, which include the blind tasting, workshops, a “cheese intermezzo” and the evening events, are $125 per person. Tickets for the evening’s reception and awards ceremony only are $75 per person. For more information, visit affairsofthevine.com/pn_summit_8.php.