Other distinguishing points…

  • Our judging panel is comprised of a diverse assemblage of over 50 wine loving professionals: media heavy, restaurant, retail, and winery experts.
  • More judges per entry than broad-based, broadband wine competitions.
  • Each judge takes copious notes on each entry and takes his/her detailed notes and wine information with him/her.
  • Results and reviews that our gender based. Male and female scores and comments are detailed separately.
  • The final judging by at least forty wine professionals is held in San Francisco once all of the wines submitted to the Shootout are tasted a minimum of twice in the preliminary tastings..
  • Encapsulated results entice and accommodate the wine and food media.
  • The educational and engaging, consumer-oriented, follow-up events, The Pinot Noir Summit and the Cabernet Shootout Challenge for the top wines selected by the judges is allow consumers to taste the top wines and pit their palates against the professional judging panel.
  • The attendees to The Pinot Noir Summit and the Cabernet Shootout Challenge are involved in the process of judging the wines from their perspective: a most memorable and influential experience.

Most competitions go straight to medals, our Shootouts provide concerted, then condensed reviews, providing the most thorough, quotable, consumer friendly, and accessible results in the industry from a diverse panel of experts. Male and female reviews for each wine will be posted on Affairs of the Vine website

Wine writers, wine educators, publicists, sales and marketing professionals, retailers, restaurateurs, and the discerning public love the access to our reviews. There are over 150,000 references to Affairs of the Vine Shootout on Google, over 85,000 on Yahoo and our website views numbered over 500,000 following the posting of our Pinot Noir Shootout results.

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Serena Friedman September 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Loved reading the comments of the judges from the Rhone Shootout…very insightful and broadened my love for Syrah… Now onward to the Cabernet Shootout and I will be entering our 2010 Cabernet. Just bottled our 2011 Syrah and Cabernet and we can enter them in the future. Glad to hear you have such a repertoire of judges doing blind tastings… Go for it! Serena
FOUR SISTERS RANCH -Serena’s Vineyard wines from Paso Robles and California

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