Hoping to make this an annual event, Emily Martin has announces her first “Pinots & Plaid.” I know my tartan, do you? I also know a few things about Pinot, and I can combine that with a kilt any day of the week. I’m a happy Scottish camper, with DNA from the MacQuarrie Clan!

MacQuarrie Clan Motto: Turris Fortis Meus Mihi Deus (God is a strong tower to me).

MacQuarrie Clan History: A branch of Clan Alpin which anciently held sway over territories on the islands of Mull and Ulva. Hector MacQuarrie of Ulva was a supporter of Robert the Bruce, and fought for him at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

The Clan MacQuarrie became followers of the Lords of the Isles, and joined the Macleans in supporting the Royalist Cause during the Civil War, when the MacQuarrie Chief and his followers were killed fighting against Oliver Cromwell’s army at the Battle Inverkeithing in 1561. Tragically most of the family papers were destroyed in a fire in 1688 and, in 1777, Lachlan MacQuarrie of Ulva was obliged to sell Ulva for financial reasons. He subsequently joined the British Army at the age of 63, and served in the American War. He died at Glenforsa, on Mull, in 1818, at the age of 103.

Why The Event?

From Emily Martin: The event’s name pays homage to style. Recently, plaid has taken on a life of its own in the fall fashion lines, as seen last week during Paris Fashion week. With all the buzz about plaid, EME created a Pinterest board to help people dress for this extravaganza. A fun filled, fall fete replete with plaid and the best Pinot Noir in the Bay Area!

Premium Wine Experience Brings Wine Aficionados and Producers Under One Roof

October 26, 2019 at San Francisco’s Hibernia Bank Building

Pinots & Plaid will feature 25 leading Pinot Noir producers from Northern California, and invites wine lovers, foodies and luxury connoisseurs to enjoy fine wines paired with high end cuisine in the historic, stunningly restored, Hibernia Bank Building in San Francisco.  A VIP reception will offer one-on-one conversation with winemakers will occur from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a General Admission reception from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The VIP Lounge Sponsored by San Francisco Magazine & Roederer Estate will feature Sparkling Wine & Caviar and will be open from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. VIP ticket holders and sponsors will enjoy Roederer Estate Sparkling Wines paired with caviar from The Caviar Company in an intimate setting.

Well-known, premium brands including Blue FarmBucher, CIRQ, Clarice Wine Co.Cobb WinesCopain Wines, Coursey Graves, Dutton Goldfield, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Gary Farrell, Hyde Estate, Kutch, Maggy Hawk,  Peay Vineyards, Red Car, Reeve, Three Sticks, Williams Selyem and Works & Days will showcase rare wines not typically available to the public.

“We are excited to present the premier flavors of wine country in a luxury format in one of the most stunning new event spaces in San Francisco for Bay Area wine lovers, and luxury enthusiasts” said Martin.  “Guests will enjoy unmatched access to rare wines paired with delicious bites from Ryan Scott To Go, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, B Patisserie, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates and coffee from local sponsor, Lady Falcon Coffee Club. We also look forward to connecting winemakers with an exclusive audience of wine lovers, collectors, and luxury connoisseurs.”

Featuring rare and newly released wines from The Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley, Sonoma and Napa, the event is expected to draw an audience of approximately 500 guests from around the Bay Area.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit two San Francisco charities close to founder Emily Martin’s heart: Meals on Wheels SF and Mission Graduates. Tickets are available on Eventbrite at an early-bird rate of $150 VIP and $85 General Admission.  In October, the VIP ticket price will raise to $185 and General Admission to $115/person. For more information and the latest on participating wineries and ticket sales, please visit: https://www.emily-e-martin.com/pinotsandplaidtasting

EME extends a special thank you to its event sponsors:  Modern Luxury,  San Francisco Magazine, Roederer Estate, La Tavola Linens, Four Seasons San Francisco, Harlow & Grey, B Patisserie, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, Point Reyes Farmstead CheeseLady Falcon Coffee along with a special thank you to its event partners: Eat Drink SF, The Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Luxe SF, Six Degrees Society, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers, AF&Co, Ground Floor Experiences and The Caviar Company for their support in sharing details about the event with their audiences.