Loring Wine Company

Winemaker Brian Loring receives his Pinot, Pigs & Poets award from the event's co-chair Jack McDonnell.

Debra S. Kaplan, Contributed photo

Brian Loring, of Loring Wine Company, is preparing to defend his crown as winner in the vintners division of last year's Pinot, Pigs & Poets, an annual Omaha, Nebraska, fundraiser. Loring won his trophy with his 2014 Clos Pepe Vineyard pinot noir, beating out more than 40 other entrants. He will compete again at the eighth annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets to be held June 1.

Loring has a tasting room in Buellton. His trophy was recently hand-delivered to him at his Lompoc winery by Terri and Jack McDonnell. The couple co-founded Pinot, Pigs & Poets as a benefit for the Omaha nonprofit, Completely KIDS in their fight to end childhood hunger.

“The quality of the wines at Pinot, Pigs & Poets are outstanding and get better every year,” said Matthew Brown, general manager and sommelier for V.Mertz. “The winner of the 2016 Vintner Competition, Loring Wine Company 2014 Clos Pepe, is another great example. This wine was selected during the double-blind tasting of 51 exceptional pinot noir wines by a notable judging panel of local sommeliers and industry professionals. It is an elegant, delicious wine with aromas of black raspberry, luscious dark red fruit flavors and spiciness on the finish.”

Other local wineries competing in the 2017 Pinot, Pigs & Poets event are Presqu'ile, Babcock Winery & Vineyards and Zotovich.

This report was compiled by Mary Ann Norbom. You can reach her at mnorbom@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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