Oregon beats California when it comes to Pinot Noir. I don’t know for how long however. The climate of this planet is gone and who knows what will become of wine regions. Of course, officially global warming does not exist and is only a theory so keep driving the SUVs. Anyway, this tasting brings something else to my mind. When I first took wine classes, about 2003, I experienced good and bad things afterwards. One bad thing was getting dragged to floor from behind the bar. I have always found bartender post an independent station that is both easy and profitable. Dining room floor is chaos central. One Saturday night, I am at the door and two tables behind the podium the newly elected mayor of San Francisco, the notorious Gavin Newsom, and his (election-year-help) wife are sat. I got finger-pointed by the owner “you serve his wine.” I had waited on evil Gavin at the bar many times and this was to-be a quick chore. The order came fast: Etude Pinot Noir. A recent addition to the wine list and I had fun quizzing people “what does etude mean?” Most restaurant staff don’t rank anywhere in the knowledge department. This includes the professional wine staff such as the wine director. I brought the bottle to the table and began the search for my wine opener. I was holding the bottle by neck and Newsom reached for the bottle. I pulled it away from him and his hand kept following it and finally grabbed it. I held the top hard and he grabbed the bottom trying to twist the bottle. I was looking at him as if what are you doing with the bottle? He finally succeeded at turning the bottle. Yes, that is the right wine and let go. I hesitated for a second thinking I have served him so many times, will I give him the wrong bottle? No answer from me to myself. That is Etude Pinot Noir’s 15 minutes of fame in my history book.
Tony Soter of Soter Vineyards
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Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Party – Bar Night
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
One Ferry Building, Shop 23
San Francisco, CA
Join us Wednesday, August 26th, from 4:30-7:30pm, when we welcome Tony Soter, Owner and Winemaker of Soter Vineyards to our Wine Bar. Our old friend Tony Soter, of Etude fame, moved his family up to Oregon to establish his namesake winery and pursue Pinot Noir and the production of sparkling wine. Tony seems to have the Midas touch of the wine business because every wine he touches turns to gold. Perhaps that is simply a reflection of his talent and hard work as a winemaker. Maybe it is a reflection of his good judgment when choosing his projects, maybe both. Tony will be on hand to discuss this amazing lineup of some great Pinot Noirs from Oregon along with a refreshing pink sparkler from his winery up north. To accompany these he has chosen a lovely Cabernet Franc from his Little Creek Vineyard surrounding his Napa home. Don’t miss this tasting!
We are sure you will love meeting this delightful landmark winemaker while tasting through the wines made by Tony Soter at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.
****AS A SPECIAL FEATURE ALL WINES SERVED ON PRODUCER FLIGHT NIGHT WILL BE ON SALE FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY AT A 15% DISCOUNT TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE A FLIGHT!!!
The featured wines are served as two ounce glasses. If you find a favorite and would like a full glass just ask your bartender. These wines will be available for retail sale while supplies last…
The cost of the flight will be $32 and will include the following wines:
2004 Soter Brut Rosé, Yamhill County Retail $45, 5oz. glass $14.50
2007 Soter North Valley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Retail $32, 5oz. glass $11.25
2006 Soter Pinot Noir, Beacon Hill, Yamhill-Carlton Retail $58, 5oz. glass $17.75
2006 Soter Pinot Noir, Mineral Springs, Yamhill-Carlton
Retail $68, 5oz. glass $20.25
2004 Soter Little Creek Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley Retail $78, 5oz. glass $22.75