Purely Pinot: An Interactive Tasting Exploration

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Jackson Family Wines


Ever wonder how your individual assessment of wine stacks up against a group impression? Join Gilian Handelman- the Vice President of Wine Education for Jackson Family Wines for an unusual tasting exercise that will illuminate the wide world of Pinot Noir styles—and you will be providing the tasting notes! Using an online app, members of the audience will register the aromas, flavor, body and much more, which are then instantly transformed into charts that provide a real-time assessment of the wines. This seminar is not only fun and innovative, but it will provide you with newfound Pinot Noir expertise.

Wine Selections:

2016 WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Oregon

-92pts, Blue Lifestyle, Anthony Diaz Blue July 2019

2016 Copain “Les Voisins” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

-90pts, Jeb Dunnuck April 2018

2017 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

-95pts, Jeb Dunnuck May 2019

2017 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands

-91pts, Jeb Dunnuck February 2019

2016 Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

-90pts, Wine Spectator August 2018
-90pts, Wine Advocate September 2018

A Comparison from Burgundy

About Gilian Handelman:

With a career that began as a sommelier in 1987 in the 35,000-bottle cellar of Pierce’s restaurant in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Gilian Handelman couldn’t resist the call of the cellar, moving into wine production in 1988 in Washington State for six harvests in three different wineries. Handelman was hired in 1994 by Kendall-Jackson as Enologist, where she produced experimental wine, yeast and barrel trials and tracked the 1,500-plus lots of wine made by the winery each year. In 1996, she was tapped to create a comprehensive education program for the winery, where she developed training for KJ’s sales force as well as wine and food education and seminars for trade and consumers.

In 2000, Paige Poulos Communications recruited Gilian as Director of Wine Communications where she developed PR and education plans for winery and industry clients. It was here that the diversity of her skillset was brought together, combining sensory evaluation, winemaking and culinary education with strategic business initiatives. Gilian was hired by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2002; as their Director of Marketing and Education she created their lauded “Top 100” event, developed the “Best New Sommelier” program, and taught scores of classes at culinary and hospitality schools around the United States.

Propelled by a strong desire to work once again in vineyards and cellars, she returned to Jackson Family Wines in 2008, where she currently directs enterprise education for the family’s 40 wineries around the globe.

Gilian lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two children.

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Event Details

March 20, 2020 at 11:15am - 12:15pm

Cost: $85

New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute

725 Howard Avenue, Third Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130



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