5 Ways to Enjoy the World-Class Pigs & Pinot Event


Sampling some of the top wines in the country is a must during your visit to Sonoma Wine Country, but what about tasting exceptional food? While our piece of California Wine Country has a variety of excellent food choices, the annual Pigs & Pinot event provides guests with an unparalleled culinary experience. Pinot Noirs and perfect pork pairings are the showstoppers at this event highlighting some of the top wineries in the region and best chefs in the country.

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What Will You Do at Pigs & Pinot?

Taste of Pigs & Pinot

The fun-filled weekend kicks off with Taste of Pigs & Pinot, and you don’t want to miss it! This Friday night extravaganza gives you the chance to sample from over 60 different Pinot Noir wines. All of which are in the running for the Pinot Cup competition! Tastings of homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, patés, and other special creations will be readily available as you walk around and savor your pairings.

Tournament of the Pig with Charlie Palmer

The Tournament of the Pig is a fun and exciting iron chef-style competition between teams of professional chefs. Both teams are given a whole pig. They then have to create two distinct pork dishes with ingredients in the Dry Creek Kitchen. A judging panel then determines the winning teams. As an audience member, you will taste the delicious finished product and get to watch the entire showdown.

Ultimate Pinot Smackdown Seminar

If the Tournament of the Pig wasn’t enough competition for you, the Ultimate Pinot Smackdown will please your palate in more ways than one. Four master sommeliers go head to head selling 16 different pinots to you, the audience. You then get to sample all of the wines and determine the winner! Spots for this engaging event fill up quickly so get tickets soon before they are sold out!

Spoonbar’s Swine & Wine Dinner

After a full Saturday of competitions, fine wine, and great food, why not carry it into the evening? The Swine & Wine Dinner starts with drinks on The Rooftop bar at the Harmon Guest House. After the reception, you’ll head down to the Spoonbar where Chef Matthew D’Ambrosi will prepare a multi-course menu of delicious dishes starring pork as the main ingredient. Once again, you’ll get to sample more of the finest pinots in Sonoma County.

Gala Dinner

The incredible Gala Dinner also takes place at the same time as Spoonbar’s Swine & Dine, giving you another excellent choice for sampling top-notch cuisine. Featuring some of the most well-known and awarded chefs in the country, this five-course dinner and wine pairing in Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen is a recipe for a night to remember.

Other Options for the Weekend

Some of our favorite Russian River Valley wineries don’t participate in this event but still have excellent products to try! The Pigs & Pinot event can sell out quickly. If you missed the opportunity to purchase tickets this year, there are still wonderful wineries to explore! Here are some of Honor Mansion’s favorite pinot places that you can visit outside of the event:

  • Adrian Fog
  • Bacigalupi
  • Cartograph Wines
  • Enriquez Estate
  • J Vineyards
  • Lynmar Estate
  • Small Vines

Stay at Honor Mansionpool at honor mansion

Your luxurious and comfortable room at Honor Mansion awaits you after two days full of some of the best food and wine in Sonoma County. Our accommodations range from spacious suites and rooms to full cottages, all featuring the best resort amenities that Healdsburg has to offer. Check out our specials page to see what special weekend event accommodations your stay will include! Our top-notch concierge service can also help you plan out your entire trip with a detailed itinerary catered to your specific interests.

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