The 10th Annual Cabernet Shootout and Cabernet Cabaret is moving to the high country of the Sierra at the spectacular Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

After the incredibly successful 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit in Reno last July, we are coming back to a city that we have come to love.

The full day Cabernet Shootout event offers an opportunity to become intimate with Cabernet. A full immersion including a workshop, a Cabernet Pairing luncheon hosted by the winemakers, an opportunity to pit your palate against the judging panel in a blind tasting of winning wines, and the fabulous evening Cabernet Cabaret Gala. The Gala will feature top winners from the 10th Annual Cabernet Shootout and icon Cabernet producers that make the Reno scene rock.

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The 10th Annual Cabernet Shootout and Cabernet Cabaret Gala, the culmination of the Annual Cabernet Shootout competition, has become a favorite of Cabernet wine lovers over the last nine years. For the past three months, over 300 Cabernets have been evaluated by the Affairs of the Vine judging panel.

We taste totally blind! Even the winemakers may not be able to identify their own wines.

In our unique tasting process, each wine is tasted blind at least twice in a series of tastings. No more than 32 wines are evaluated during a single session. This approach assures that each wine is assessed fairly with clarity, concentration and without palate fatigue. The best of the best were judged at the Cabernet Shootout finals on February 3rd in Reno with an auspicious panel of top palates from Reno and the Bay Area.

The 10th Annual Cabernet Shootout will celebrate and recognize this year’s top wine and producers as part of the two day event.

On Sunday, March 13th, a full schedule of events and tastings is planned at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Attendees may attend a workshop, enoy a fabulous lunch with the winemakers, participate in the Blind Tasting of top wines from this year’s Shootout and attend the evening Cabernet Cabaret Gala. Amazing winemakers and winery owners will share their Cabernets and a selection of the other great wines they produce accompanied by fabulous food from the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and other great Reno restaurants. 10th Annual Cabernet Shootout and Cabernet Cabaret schedule

On Monday, March 14th, qualified wine trade are invited to an afternoon event at the Atlantis Casino where they can attend a workshop, taste the winning entries and wines from other icon wineries, meet the winemakers and discuss one on one their approach and philosophy to winemaking, and blind taste a selection of the top wines the judges chose from the 10th Annual Cabernet Shootout. Trade Agenda

10th Annual Cabernet Shootout and Cabernet Cabaret Gala process recognized by Vinography as being “distinctly different” than other tasting events, begins with a workshop will a panelof wine experts that will delve into the heart and soul of Cabernet, followed by a Cabernet Pairing Luncheon hosted by winemakers who will circulate as they pour their wines for guests.

The afternoon will be highlighted by the incredibly popular and unique Wine Lovers Cabernet Blind Tasting…a challenge to the professional judging panel. Attendees blind taste 30 of the top wines selected by the professional judging panel. Male and female votes are tallied separately.

The results are announced and winners recognized at the Grand Awards Tasting Presentation at the Cabernet Cabaret Gala on Sunday evening. Wineries will showcase their award winning Cabernets and other wines they produce. A selection of delicious and creative hors d’oeuvre will be served.

The Cabernet Shootout is an extraordinary wine experience and for the first time can be combined with a luxurious stay at the fabulous Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. This world class Four Diamond resort casino was named by USA Travel as the TOP casino resort property outside of Las Vegas. Book your room by February 24th, mention Cabernet and receive these rates: $80 for Sunday and Monday night ($140 on Friday and Saturday night).

Christian-DOM-2Under the direction of Sommelier Christian O’Kuinghttons the Atlantis is recognized within wine and food circles for offering an incredible selection of wines and has been the recipient of a coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Purchase tickets for Sunday’s festivities here

Cabernet Shootout All Day Tickets, include one Seminar, Lunch, Wine Lover’s Blind Tasting, and Cabernet Cabaret Gala.
$125 per person
$150 per person at the door

Cabernet Cabaret Gala Tickets
$75 per person
$85 per person at the door

Special Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Rates
Cabernet Cabaret attendees may register for a one to three-night stay at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa with a special room rate of $80 per night plus tax and fees (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) and $140 per night plus tax and fees on Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling 800.723.6500. Reference Cabernet to access the special room rate or make your reservations. Enjoy a longer stay, gamble a bit, ski and enjoy the wonderful restaurants and warm community that Reno has to offer.

“The art, passion, energy and thought that goes into creating the Cabernet Shootout and Pinot Noir Summit experiences is the cornerstone of what I do. I am inspired by great wines and winemakers. I learn more each year and bring that knowledge to the next wine event making it better than the last,” stated Barbara Drady. “The opportunity to take this year’s Cabernet Shootout and Cabernet Cabaret to the world class Atlantis Casino and work with Christian and the fabulous management team and staff is incredibly exciting and guarantees that this will be our best wine event yet for both wine lovers and the wineries involved.”

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The deadline for entries to the Cabernet Shootout has been extended.
Click here to Register

The holidays crept up on all of us. After numerous panicky phone calls from wineries begging forgiveness and a dispensation to allow them to enter their wines belatedly into the competition, we’ve extended the deadline for entries.

The Cabernet Shootout Finals are now scheduled for February 3rd at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno.

There is still time to enter your wines.
Cab Shootout Challenge
Join us! Submit Your Wines to the
10th Anniversary Cabernet Shootout& Grand Tasting
Click here to Register

Competition Director ~ Christian O’Kuinghttons
Sommelier d’Hotel, Cellar Master, Mixologist, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Chief Judge ~ Dave Preston
Nevada’s Guru of the Good Life, Food & Wine Columnist & Radio Personality
&
Barbara Drady, Chief Wine Evangelist, Affairs of the Vine

Invite you to submit your Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Blends for consideration to the
10th Anniversary Cabernet Shootout…Celebrating 10 Years of Cabernet Winemaking Excellence

Registration for the Cabernet Shootout is $65 per wine.
Enter online and save $10 per submission – $55 per wine.
Register 4 or more wines and receive an extra $5 per entry discount – just $50 per wine.

Register Your Wines by January 22nd and send 4 bottles of each wine entered as soon as possible to:
Affairs of the Vine
696 Elliott Lane
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Cabernet Shootout Finals, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, February 3rd 2016
Cabernet Shootout Challenge, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
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