Oregon’s Top Pinot Noir Producers Travel to NH for 10th Annual NH Wine Week

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NHLC Pinot Camp to focus on Oregon’s renowned Pinot Noir with seminar, tasting and panel discussion with four of Oregon’s leading Pinot Noir producers.

The top Pinot Noir producers of Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley are traveling to New Hampshire for an exclusive, one-of-a-kind Pinot Camp featuring a Pinot Noir tasting, seminar and panel discussion—occurring only in New Hampshire. David Adelsheim, founder of Adelsheim Vineyard; Wendy Lange, co-founder of Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards; Howard Rossbach, founder of Firesteed Cellars; and Gary Horner, senior winemaker at Erath Winery, will lead the exclusive Pinot Camp—this type of event has rarely, if ever, taken place outside of Oregon. Unlike the famed, invite-only annual Pinot Camp in Oregon, New Hampshire’s Pinot Camp will be open to the public, providing the Northeast’s wine lovers with an unprecedented opportunity to learn about and taste Pinot Noir.

Pinot Camp will take place during New Hampshire Wine Week on Wednesday, January 28, from 4:30 to 6:45 PM at LaBelle Winery in Amherst. Tickets cost $40. For the past decade, NH Wine Week has featured countless wine tastings, seminars, bottle signings, intimate wine dinners and unprecedented access to some of the biggest names in the Wine World, such as Jonathan Emmerich, Cristina Mariani-May and Jed Steele. NH Wine Week takes place from January 26 – February 1. View a full list of celebrity appearances and register for events online at http://www.NHWineWeek.com.

“Pinot Noir is one of the most famous wine varieties and its sales here in New Hampshire continue to grow,” said Nicole Brassard Jordan, NHLC Wine Marketing Specialist. “The NH Wine Week Pinot Camp will be a first-of-its-kind event here in New Hampshire and it provides an incredible opportunity for wine lovers to learn about and taste this exciting variety from one of the most famous winemaking regions in the world. The Willamette Valley in Oregon has been compared to the world-renowned winemaking region of Burgundy in France. And best of all, guests have the chance to learn about this delicious and historic variety directly from four of Oregon’s top producers.”

“Pinot Noir producers from the Willamette Valley in Oregon were essentially pioneers. They took a grape that had never thrived previously in the United States and carved a niche in the Pacific Northwest that now is home to some of the world’s most vibrant and flavorful Pinot Noir,” Brassard Jordan added.

NHLC has seen domestic Pinot Noir sales jump by 7-percent during the last 12 months. With 807,000 bottles of Pinot Noir sold during that timeframe, those sales accounted for more than $10 million in NHLC sales.

“We have never done a Pinot Camp like this outside of Oregon. New Hampshire is one of the only places that will get this incredible opportunity to really focus on Pinot Noir,” said David Adelsheim, co-founder and president of Adelsheim Vineyard. “Winemaking in the Willamette Valley combines the right climate, soil types, and geography, coupled with a certain pioneering spirit, to produce wines that truly come alive in your glass. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share our insights, our stories and our wine with the people of New Hampshire.”

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase wines tasted during Pinot Camp at the conclusion of the event.

“The NHLC is committed to providing our customers with new and unique opportunities to sample and experience wine,” said NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica. “Our Pinot Camp is the perfect chance for wine aficionados and novices alike to learn about and taste this storied variety with the help of some of the biggest names in the wine world. That is really what NH Wine Week is all about—giving our customers the chance to sample from the more than 7,000 wines available at our fleet of 77 New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets, while also providing unprecedented access to some of the wine world’s true giants. With more than $278.5 million in wine sales last fiscal year, New Hampshire continues to expand its footprint in the wine world.”

Along with Pinot Camp and a full schedule of tastings, bottle signings and wine dinners, NH Wine Week features the 12th annual Winter Wine Spectacular, the largest wine event in Northern New England. The Winter Wine Spectacular, which takes place on Thursday, January 29, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, boasts more than 60 wine personalities, more than 1,500 wines, a silent auction and raffle, the Bellman Cellar Select VIP tasting room, and delicious food from New Hampshire’s leading restaurants. The event, which draws more than 1,200 people each year, raises critical funding in support of Easter Seals New Hampshire.

NH Wine Week event attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase wine at select events via a state-of-the-art NH Wine Week web ordering application – a first of its kind in the wine industry – which wine lovers can access via their mobile devices.

Some of the NH Wine Week 2015 participants include:

Jonathan Emmerich – Silverado Vineyards
Cristina Mariani-May – Castello Banfi
Andrea Cecchi – Cecchi Wines
Joseph Carr – Joseph Carr Wines
Howard Rossbach – Firesteed Winery
David Adelsheim – Adelsheim Vineyard
Tondi Bolkan – Coppola Winery
Greg Morthole – Rodney Strong and Davis Bynum Wineries
Michael Phillips – Michael David Winery
Gianni Abate – Morgan Winery
Jed Steele – Steele Wines
Maria Helm Sinskey – Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Wendy Lange – Lange Estate Winery
Gary Horner – Erath Winery
Jennifer Wall – Barefoot Cellars
Rob Stuart – R. Stuart Winery
Antonio Zaccheo, Jr. – Carpineto Grandi Vini di Toscana
Steven & Lori Felton – Klinker Brick Winery
Lisa & Scott Jenkins – Duck Pond Cellars and Desert Wind Winery

For more information on Wine Week events and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.NHWineWeek.com

About the New Hampshire Liquor Commission
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) operates 77 retail locations throughout the Granite State and serves more than 9 million customers each year. More than $3 billion in net profits has been raised since the first store opened in 1934. NHLC had its best sales year ever in Fiscal Year 2014, generating $626 million in gross sales, an increase of $23 million – or nearly 4% over the previous fiscal year. Total liquor net profits transferred to the New Hampshire’s General Fund reached $148 million, which are used to fund programs including education, health and social services, transportation and natural resource protection. NHLC is expecting to net an additional $1 billion for New Hampshire’s General Fund in the next seven years.

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