Information for Participating Wineries
The 10th annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets event, benefiting Completely KIDS, will be held May 16-17, 2019 at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha. It is Omaha’s premier wine and food event featuring outstanding pinot noir wines, savory pork dishes from some of Omaha’s best chefs, the Taste of Elegance Chef Competition sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association and quick-witted slam poetry by the Nebraska Writers Collective.
PINOT, PIGS & POETS EVENTS
Thursday, May 16
The open tasting event at Happy Hollow Club, 1701 S. 105th St., Omaha 68124, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. The featured pinot noir wines will be complemented with delicious pork themed small plates prepared by the guest chefs. In addition, the wine and food will be tasted blind and judged by a panel of experts with the winners recognized during the evening. The first hour is reserved for patrons and sponsors, with general admission beginning at 7 p.m.
Attendance has increased significantly in recent years. The target demographic of the attendees is “wine and food lovers with considerable discretionary income.” This is a good opportunity for you to promote your brand to a very important market segment.
Friday, May 17
The Sponsor and Vintner Party will be held at 7 p.m. at the home of Terri and Jack McDonnell. This is an opportunity for sponsors and winery representatives to establish a more personal relationship and for us to express our gratitude.
AMOUNT OF WINE NEEDED FOR PARTICIPATION
We will need one 12 bottle case of each pinot noir wine featured at the tasting at Happy Hollow Club. Ideally, a representative from your winery would attend the events, but it is not mandatory. If attendance is not possible, we will arrange for your distributor or another knowledgeable person to pour your wine.
SET-UP AND ARRIVAL AT HAPPY HOLLOW CLUB ON THURSDAY, MAY 16
Please arrive at Happy Hollow no later than 5:30 p.m. for registration. Your wine will be at your table. In addition, you are welcome to display brochures, mailing list sign-ups, order forms and other marketing items at your table. Each attendee will receive a complimentary Riedel burgundy glass for the tasting. Hospitality volunteers will assist you with any issues or needs.
PINOT, PIGS & POETS WINE SHOP
Pinot, Pigs & Poets sells wine at Happy Hollow Club by authority of a Special Designated License granted under provisions of the Nebraska Liquor Control Act. Attendees will have an opportunity to “try and buy” the wines distributed in Nebraska. Last year, the Pinot, Pigs & Poets Wine Shop sold more than 100 cases of wine, with a portion of the proceeds supporting Completely KIDS. We will work closely with your distributor to promote the sale of your wine at the event.
The following wineries have previously participated in Pinot, Pigs & Poets:
|Adelsheim||DeLoach||La Crema||Reuling Vineyard|
|Ammunition||Domaine Carneros||Lake Chalice||Robert Sinsky|
|Anne Amie||Domaine Serene||Latetia||Rochioli|
|Auntsfield Estate||Elk Cove||Loring||Seresin Estate|
|Bacio Divino||Encanto Vineyards||Louis Jadot||Sequana|
|Baileyana||Erath||Machine Breaker||Simple Life|
|Belle Glos||Failla||Mahana||Small Vines|
|Benovia||Fairsing Vineyard||Martinelli||Solomon Hills|
|Benton-Lane||Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch||Melville||Soter|
|Bernard Moreau||FEL||Morgan||Spell Estate|
|Bethel Heights||Fourth Estate||Mount Eden||Stephen Vincent|
|Bien Nacido||Frank Family||Pali||St. Innocent|
|Big Table Farm||Gypsy Canyon||Paraiso Vineyards||St. Michael Eppan|
|Bodega Chacra||Hendry||Patton Valley||Stasis|
|Bratcher||Hilliard Bruce||Paul Hobbs||Stoller Family|
|Brittan||Hirsch Vineyards||Peay||Talbott Vineyards|
|Calera||J. Christopher||Peirson Meyer||Tresori|
|Cherry Pie||Jean Baptiste||Penner-Ash||Twomey|
|Clos Pepe||Joseph Phelps||Ponzi Vineyards||Utopia|
|Closerie des Lys||J. Wrigley||Presqu'ile Winery||Villa Maria|
|Clouds Rest||Ken Wright Cellars||Radio Coteau||Walt|
|Copain||Kistler Vineyards||Ram's Gate||Walter Hansel|
|Chasseur||Kosta Browne||Ravines||Williams Selyem|
PINOT, PIGS & POETS RAISED $400,000 FOR COMPLETELY KIDS IN 2018
Because the wine and food are donated, Pinot, Pigs & Poets is a very financially efficient event. All net proceeds from Pinot, Pigs & Poets directly benefit the Completely KIDS weekend and afterschool food programs for children in need at area schools and shelters. Completely KIDS serves more than 2,000 children in its after-school programs, provides 200,000 meals and sends 20 nutritious food items home in backpacks each weekend for 450 kids. Completely KIDS has set a goal to increase the number of children served in the weekend food program to 930 in the next few years. In addition, Completely KIDS provides positive role models and a curriculum that offers a solid foundation for these kids to achieve academic excellence.
Kindly indicate your interest in participating by contacting your Nebraska distributor or contacting Jack McDonnell by email or phone, 402-871-6000. In the event we need to limit the number of participating wineries, priority will be based on previous participation. For additional information about the event, please click through our website or contact Jack McDonnell.