Four years ago Mike Farwell, owner of Noir Food and Wine Restaurant in Pasadena, was sharing a wonderful pinot noir wine and exquisite food with his chef, Claud Beltran and good friends. During the meal Farwell brought up the idea of having an annual grand tasting of pinot wines that would also benefit a local charity. The idea became a reality within a few short months. It was a quiet but important beginning — that first year 60 people gathered to taste pinot noirs and to sample foods from top chefs.
Last Saturday the fourth annual PinotFest grand wine tasting took place at the historic Altadena Town and Country Club with more than 350 people in attendance. It is very clear that this tasting event is growing in importance in wine circles.
Craig Sloan, general manager of the club, welcomed guests, as did Farwell. Also greeting the wine lovers and epicureans were Bill Martone, president and chief executive of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and Rob Meyers, executive director of development of Hathaway-Sycamores, the charity that is the beneficiary of this year’s PinotFest.