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Wine Love Letter, February, 2004
Dear Wine Lover,
The month of February is the month of love, passion, hearts, and the color
red. Affairs of the Vine combined all of these elements and celebrated February
with The Pinot Summit.
2003 Pinot Noir
culminated in the ultimate Pinot Noir Lovers Adventure!
On February 7, 2004, 100 lucky Pinot Noir Lovers gathered at the City Club
of San Francisco to participate in a blind tasting of award winning Pinot
Noirs, attend Pinot Noir workshops and meet the winemaker's. The delegates
to the Pinot Noir Summit, seduced by Pinot Noir, indulged their passion.
They tasted thirty luscious Pinot Noirs in The Final Showdown of the 2003
Pinot Noir Shootout, a blind tasting. The wines were assigned random colors for
identification purposes and the wines could be tasted in any order to avoid any
undue advantage to a particular wine or group of wines. The delegates pitted
their palates against the expert panel's findings. Royal Leerdam,
Carré glassware was used by the expert panel and the Pinot Summit
attendees. The results as selected by the wine judges and the Pinot Noir Lovers
are detailed in The 2003 Pinot Noir Shootout
They experienced, explored, and learned at Pinot Noir Workshops conducted by
expert winemakers, viticulturists, and wine educators.
Pinot Noir Lovers met and tasted wines with some of the best Pinot Noir
winemakers in the world.
And the winners
The wonderful news for Pinot Noir lovers everywhere is that there are many good
producers and lots of wonderful wines available. For complete results, click here
If you see anything in these results which you think is of interest or
noteworthy, we would love to hear from you and we will put as many comments up
on our website as possible. And remember, trust your own palate. It's the
only one that matters.
results of the 2003 Pinot Noir Shootout - A Wine Challenge
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WORLD WINE MARKET
INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
World Wine Market
LLC has announced the 2004 World Wine Market International Wine
Competition, which will be organized and conducted by Affairs of the Vine.
A panel of 24 distinguished judges will be sequestered in San Francisco from
April 26 to 28 to blind-taste and evaluate the wines. On the evening of April
29, Opening Day of World Wine Market, awards will be presented to the winning
wineries at a Gala Ceremony honoring the winemakers and the judges.
Affairs of the Vine's Barbara Drady has assembled an outstanding
team of wine experts to serve as judges.
The World Wine Market Exhibition and Conference will
run from April 29 - May 1, 2004 at Fort Mason Center in
San Francisco. The exhibition is free of charge to the trade
and media on all three days. The public (21 and over) is
also welcome on Saturday, May 1, with special activities for
serious wine buffs, for an admission fee of $45.
2004 CABERNET SAUVIGNON SHOOTOUT
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Shootout will begin on Monday, March 8, 2004 and
the final judging will be conducted on Monday, March 29, 2004.
The top performers as selected by the judging panel will be showcased at the
Reno/ Tahoe Wine, Food & Jazz Festival on May 1-2, 2004 where over 3000
consumers and wine industry personnel will have the opportunity to taste the
top wines in a blind tasting and challenge the findings of the expert
The Reno/Tahoe Wine, Food & Jazz Festival, April 30, 2004
- May2, 2004, is a wine and food tasting extravaganza where consumers
and trade will have the opportunity educate themselves on wine
CORPORATE WINE EVENTS
Affairs of the Vine creates and conducts unique interactive workshops,
seminars and Team Building events.
Recognized by many as the industry's top wine education company, Affairs
of the Vine, originated out of love and passion for wine. Our staff are
knowledgeable and experienced educators who enthusiastically share their
knowledge and love of wine. The educational events are designed to be fun,
entertaining, and highly informative. Affairs of the Vine conducts a broad
range of corporate wine events, as well as extensive wine industry training,
and team-building workshops. In the year 2003, Affairs of the Vine passionately
poured wine for and share information with over 100,000 people.
Let Affairs of the Vine help you create RARE alliances with your team,
customers and vendors with a customized wine tasting or wine workshop.
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Affairs of the Vine's expert and congenial staff educate without
intimidation. Contact Affairs of the Vine to discuss unique programs that will
help you accomplish your goals. We can customize events for your specific needs
or industry. Call Barbara Drady at 707-874-1975 to discuss your event or
meeting planning needs today.
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