13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit Soars to New Heights… They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.

by barbara on May 10, 2015

After 12 years in San Francisco, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa enticed Affairs of the Vine to bring the 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit to the high country of the Sierra and the spectacular Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno on July 24th and 25th.

The Pinot Noir Summit, the culmination of the Annual Pinot Noir Shootout competition, has become the largest competition of Pinot Noirs in the wine industry over the last 12 years. For the past three months, almost 500 Pinot Noirs 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 are judged at the Pinot Noir Shootout finals on May 30th in San Francisco.

Korman_030914_PinotSummit_125The 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit will celebrate and recognize this year’s top wines and producers as part of the two day event.

On Friday, July 24th, the wine trade is invited to an afternoon event at the Atlantis where they can attend a workshop, taste the winning entries, 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 selected from the 13th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout. Trade Agenda here

On Saturday, July 25th, a full schedule of events and tastings is planned. 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit schedule here

The Pinot Noir Summit, recognized by Vinography as being “distinctly different” than other tasting events, begins with two seminars that will delve into the heart and soul of this unique varietal, PNS12.SCSeminar.moderatedbyAlderYarrow PNS12.SonomaCoastSeminarfollowed by a All Things Pinot Pairing Lunch hosted by winemakers who will circulate as they pour their wines for guests.

PNS12.BlindTastingStudyThe afternoon will be highlighted by the incredibly popular and unique Wine Lovers Pinot Noir Challenge. Attendees blind taste 40 of the top wines selected by the professional judging panel. Male and female votes are tallied separately.

PNS12.Gala7The results are announced and winners recognized at the Grand Awards Tasting Gala in the evening. Wineries will showcase their award winning Pinot Noirs and other wines they produce. A selection of Pinot-friendly hors d’oeuvre will be served.

The Pinot Noir Summit 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.

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 Saturday’s festivities here

Pinot Noir Summit All Day Tickets, include one Seminar, Lunch, Wine Lover’s Blind Tasting Tasting, and Grand Awards Tasting Gala.
$150 per person
$125 on tickets purchased prior to July 11th

Pinot Noir Summit Grand Awards Tasting Gala Tickets
$85 per person
$75 per person on tickets purchased prior to July 11th

Special Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Rates
Pinot Noir Summit attendees may register for a one or two-night stay at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa with a special room rate of $149 per night plus tax and fees. Reservations can be made by calling 800.723.6500. Reference the 13th Pinot Noir Summit to access the special room rate or make your reservations online using the group code SPINOT

“The art, passion, energy and thought that goes into creating the 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 Pinot Noir Summit making it better than the last,” stated Barbara Drady. “The opportunity to take this year’s Pinot Noir Summit 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 Summit yet for both wine lovers and the wineries involved.”

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