Pinot Noir Shootout & Summit

We’re Passionate About Pinot Noir!

Click here to enter your wine in the 11th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout.

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.

Registration for the Pinot Noir Shootout competition is $65 per wine, enter online and save $10 per submission.

Click here to enter your wine in the 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 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.

If you produce great Pinot Noir, you do not want to miss this opportunity to submit your wines to the 11th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout. Click here to register

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 deadline for entering the 11th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout is October 15, 2012. Please join the incredible producers who have already entered this year’s competition. We’ve enjoyed tasting great wines in previous Shootouts and encourage you to participate if you are producing, marketing, importing, or selling Pinot Noir. Register here

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 will gather to assess the best Pinot Noir from all over the world at the

11th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout finals on December 8, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

The finalists will be showcased at the 11th Pinot Noir Summit on March 2, 2013 in Sonoma County. 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.

Vintners wishing to partake in this event should submit four bottles of each entry by October 15, 2011.

Click here for the online registration form

*Please ensure that all wines submitted are currently available or will be available for purchase soon. Older vintages should only be submitted if they are still available for purchase either at retail outlets or through your tasting room or website.


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The Pinot Noir Shootouts will define Pinot Noir styles by exploring and assessing the many wines that will be tasted by our judging panel. We will denote the descriptors and scores of the panelists and we will 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 will conduct the Pinot Noir Shootout preliminary tastings throughout September, October and November. The final judging will be conducted on Saturday, December 10, 2011 in San Francisco, California. This will give us plenty of time to analyze the results and invite wineries to participate in the 10th Annual Pinot Noir Summit to be held in San Francisco on February 11, 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 by our professional panel will be held at in San Francisco on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

* 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 February 11, 2012 at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

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

Act now to enter the 10th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout!

Deadline for Submissions is October 15, 2011. Submit your wines by September 15th and we’ll post your label and a link for each wine submitted.

The Pinot Noir Shootout is simply the most comprehensive Pinot Noir competition there is. Our large and diverse judging panel provides the most thorough, quotable and consumer friendly results in the field. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate!

Vintners wishing to partake in this event should submit four bottles of each entry by October 15, 2011.

Submit your wines online and save $10 per wine entered.

If you would like to be considered to be a judge, please contact Barbara Drady.

Results from past Pinot Noir Shootouts:

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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