Wines from 56 different appellations will be available to be tasted.

Grand Award Winners

Anam Cara Cellars
Anderson Oaks Vineyard
Barefoot Cellars
Bargetto Winery
Bert's Desserts
Black Pine
Black Star Farms
Bonneau Wines
Bouchaine Vineyards
Breathless Wines
Brophy Clark Cellars
Cakebread Cellars
Canihan Family Cellars
Carneros Wine Company
Carol Shelton Wines
Chloe Creek Vineyards
Claiborne & Churchill Winery
Corralitos Wine Company
Cuisine by Lela
David Bruce Winery
Double Bond Winery
En Garde Winery
Enkidu Wine
Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard
Field Stone Winery
Fiscalini Cheese Company
Fleur de California
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Graton Ridge Cellars
Guglielmo Winery
Hagafen Cellars
Hahn Family Wines
Handley Cellars
J2 Winery
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Ketcham Estate Winery
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
LaMontagne Winery
Les Trois Petits Cochons
Lumos Wine Company
Lydia's Organics
Mahoney Vineyards
Martin Ray Winery
Monterey Chocolate Company
Mud House Wines
One Brick
Pacific Coast Vineyards
Portalupi Wines
R2 Wine Company
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Six Sigma Ranch & Winery
Sonoma Coast Vineyards
Ten Acre Winery
The Four Graces
The Naked Grape
TR Elliott
Trombetta Family Wines
Turning Leaf Vineyards
Ventana Vineyards
Von Holt Wines
We Olive
Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery

Winery Sign Up

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Thank you so much for your interest in the 9th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout.
We are still in the process of tasting through the wines you have submitted as we busily prepare for the upcoming Pinot Noir Summit.

The Pinot Noir Summit is one of the best Pinot Noir events in the world, attracting serious and passionate Pinot Noir lovers. The select group of attendees savor the wines and delight in the intimate interaction with the wineries who share their wines each year. It will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District on February 26, 2011.

There are 5 distinct elements involved in the Pinotcentric day.

We invite you to be part of this very special day. Click here to register

Grand Awards Tasting & Ceremony
Wineries wishing to pour their wines at the reception, may reserve a table for the Grand Awards Tasting. If you submitted your wines to the 9th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout, the cost is $150 per table (if you did not submit your wine the cost is $350 per table) and includes two passes to the Pinot Noir Summit. You will be asked to pour the wine or wines you submitted to the Pinot Noir Shootout and up to two additional wines of your choosing. These need not be Pinot Noir.

If you would like to pour your wines are at the reception, please register online.

Final Showdown
64 wines have moved to the final phase, the Pinot Noir Showdown. These wines have randomly been put into two groups. Attendees will be assigned to taste and review 32 top-rated Pinot Noirs from around the globe in a blind tasting. Once they turn in their scores, they may then taste any or all of the other 32.

Pinot Noir Workshops
Panelists are needed for the following workshops. If you’re interested, please send an email to or indicate your interest on the winery registration page.

  1. A Question of Style ~

    Moderator, Ward Kadel, West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for and Le Wine Buff for (CIVB)
    Winemaker panel will discuss their "style." Taste the unique differences.
    Panelists: Kerry Damsky: Assistant Winemaker, TR Elliott and Marc Goldberg: Owner/Winemaker, Windward Vineyards.

  2. New World Pinot Noir ~

    Moderator, Sid Sall, Wine Director: Great Chefs & Wineries of the North Bay   A panel of winemakers will discuss and explore the similarities and differences of Pinot Noirs produced in Central Otago and Marlborough, New Zealand and those that come from the Extreme Sonoma Coast.
    Panelists: Rod Haden,Tarras Vineyard (The Steppes), Central Otago. Rod will share the 2008 Tarras Estate Pinot Noir; Nick Goldschmidt, Goldschmidt Vineyards. Nick will share his Boulder Bank Pinot Noir and his views on Marlborough; Jennifer Halleck, Halleck Vineyard. Jennifer speaks with authority and experience. She planted a vineyard in 1993 on the Extreme Sonoma Coast and has been producing Pinot Noir there since 1999.



  3. Oak and Pinot Noir…Getting it Just Right ~ Moderator, Ray Johnson, Director: Sonoma State Wine Business Institute Many critics will complain about oak in winemaking but the truth is that used judiciously, it makes for delicious wine. The panel will be comprised of a barrel producer and two winemakers. Taste and learn! Panelists, Coby Parker-Garcia: Winemaker, Claiborne & Churchill; Fintan du Fresne: Winemaker, Chamisal Vineyards.

  4. Discovering New Stars ~ Moderator, Tony Westfall: President Good Company WinesAn introduction and tasting of wines from young wineries. One of our most popular workshops each year.
    Panelists: Jeff James, Owner/Grower, James Family Cellars; Patrick Mahaney: Winemaker, Expression; and Christian Lane, Vintner, Simple Math Cellars.

  5. Pinot Noir, the Most Versatile Wine on the Planet ~

    Moderator, Sommelier Ellen Landis,, Wine Director: Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn will lead a lively discussion and tasting by winemakers from three different appellations. They will talk about how versatile Pinot Noir is with food.
    Panelists: Bill Bishop, Assistant Winemaker, Steele Wines; Cameron Hughes, Founder, Cameron Hughes Wines; and Dave Grooters, Owner/Winemaker, Carlton Cellars.



  6. Winemaking 101 ~

    Moderator: Ed Thralls: Social Media Marketing Manager at Vintage Wine Estates
    and Founder/Social Media Marketer at WineTonite!
    The challenges a winemaker faces from harvest through bottling. When are decisions made and how do you decide? Three winemakers discuss the “process” as each shares a wine that has not been released as yet.
    Panelists: Greg Freeman: Assistant Winemaker, Hahn; Steve McIntyre: Winegrower/Winemaker, McIntyre Vineyards; and Patrick Murray: Winemaker, PARO Wines.   

Pinot Noir Summit Winemaker's Dinner
Winemakers will host their own table at the Pinot Noir Summit Winemaker’s Dinner. Each winemaker will be seated at a table for 10. Each table will feature the wines of that winemaker. Guests will have the opportunity to select the table they would like to join until those spaces are filled.

We will begin with four hosted tables and add additional tables as needed.

You may select to host your own table and invite friends and/or wine club members to join you. Your invited guests that attend the dinner will receive a free ticket to the Grand Awards Tasting – a $65 bonus for being your guest. We encourage you to invite members of your wine club to join you at the dinner. With only 9 places at your table and the special offer for your guests, we know we’ll be posting SOLD OUT next to your table soon.

If you would like to host a table at the Pinot Noir Summit Winemaker's Dinner register here.

Complete details on the Pinot Noir Summit

Summit Overview - Wineries and Judges - Schedule - Workshops - Winery Registration