Pinot Noir Shootout & Summit

We’re Passionate About Pinot Noir!

The Pinot Noir Shootout is simply the best and most comprehensive Pinot Noir tasting in the world, exploring and assessing different styles of Pinot Noir.

Over 460 wines were entered in last year’s 10th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout.

The Pinot Noir Shootout has a single varietal focus. Each of the wines is more intensely judged than in standard, broadband competitions. Great producers of Pinot Noir, submit their wines year after year.

Judges select the best of the best at the Pinot Noir Shootout finals

What’s it like to be a Pinot Noir judge?

Monique Soltani of Wine Oh TV reports from the 9th Pinot Noir Summit.

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 are posted on the Affairs of the Vine website. Many of our judges write and publish their own results.

Wineries who produce great Pinot Noir enter their wines in the Pinot Noir Shootout year after year.

Wine writers, publicists, sales and marketing professionals, and the discerning public love the access to our reviews. There are over 12,000 references to The Pinot Noir Shootout on Google, 34,000+ on Yahoo, and 9500+ on Bing. Our website views numbered over 500,000 following the posting of our results – view them

The intense tasting process for the Pinot Noir Shootout begins in October and continues through the finals in December. Incredible producers entered their wines in this year’s competition.

Pinot Noir Shootout finals

In the last 10 years, we’ve tasted over 3800 Pinot Noirs in our blind tastings – never tasting more than 32 wines in a day. Great wines reveal themselves when given this kind of care and attention.

An incredible array of palates gathers each year to assess the best Pinot Noir from all over the world at the Annual Pinot Noir Shootout finals in December in San Francisco, California.

The finalists are then showcased at the Annual Pinot Noir Summit in late February or early March of the following year. This event attracts Pinot Noir lovers from the consumer, media and trade segments.

The comments and reactions to the wines will be accessible on the Affairs of the Vine website and will be posted two weeks after the completion of the Pinot Noir Summit.


Join us at the 11th Annual Pinot Noir Summit. 40 of the top rated Pinot Noirs will be featured in a blind tasting. Vote for your favorites. Your opinion counts!

Tickets go on Sale November 2, 2012


The Pinot Noir Shootout defines Pinot Noir styles by exploring and assessing the many wines that are tasted by our judging panel. We denote the descriptors and scores of the panelists and describe the wines as experienced by the female and male panelists in an attempt to discover whether women and men prefer different wine styles.

Affairs of the Vine conducts the Pinot Noir Shootout preliminary tastings in October and November. The final judging is conducted in early December in San Francisco, California.

Wine Lovers will vote for their favorites at the Pinot Noir Showdown, the blind tasting of 40 of the top rated wines, at the 11th Pinot Noir Summit. Make sure your palate is represented. Tickets will go on sale November 2, 2012


About Our Process

The process and manner utilized by Affairs of the Vine for assessing and judging wines is unique with competitions in that it employs the following procedures…more


Other distinguishing points…

* Our judging panel is comprised of a diverse assemblage of over fifty Pinot Noir loving wine professionals: media heavy including some great wine bloggers, 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 detailed notes and wine information with him.

* Results and reviews that our gender based. Male and female scores and comments are detailed separately.

* The final judging for the 11th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout by our professional panel will be held at in San Francisco on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

* Encapsulated results entice and accommodate the wine and food media.

* Educational and engaging, consumer-oriented, follow-up tasting, seminars and gala for the top wines on March 2, 2013 in Sonoma County.

* The attendees to the 11th Annual Pinot Noir Summit will be involved in the process of judging the wines from their perspective: a most memorable and influential experience.

Act now to be part of the process.

Results from past Pinot Noir Shootouts:

10th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout & Summit Results

9th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout & Summit Results

8th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout & Summit Results

7th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout & Summit Results

Review all of the Affairs of the Vine Wine Shootouts

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Helen McGee February 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Do you have the full list of winners for the 2013 Pinot Shoot Out?

barbara February 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Hi Helen,

The complete list will be posted in the next few days. Glad Gloria Ferrer is going to join us!


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