Party in the Hangar at Monterey Airport. via the Monterey County Weekly-
Local winemakers go to tasting events about as frequently as the Pope goes to mass. So my ears perked up when I heard one tell me last year’s debut PIH was the best wine event he’s been to. Maybe it was the runway setting, the phalanx of foodie trucks, or the better-than-ever Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association demos, flanked by more than three dozen small-plot local wineries. Whatever the case, it flies higher this year, with 20,000 square feet, more than 40 wineries, a bubbles lounge, caviar, a try-and-buy wine market, tastes from 16 purveyors including Carmel Valley Ranch, STICKS and Gino’s, appearances from local celebrity chef Todd Fisher, vinter Q and As and food trucks like Babaloo Cuban, Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company, Bacon Bacon SF and others serving (at added cost). Prepare for palate lift-off.
1-4pm. Del Monte Aviation, 100 Sky Park Drive, Monterey. $60 in advance ($70 at door); $95 VIP; $30 designated driver; $7 Riedel tasting glass. 375-9400, http://www.montereywines.org.