Pinot Noir Shootout
Submissions of Pinot Noir for the 5th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout are now being accepted up until
December 15, 2006. The Pinot Noir Shootout is unique in that each of the wines is more intensely
judged than in standard, broad competitions. Most competitions go straight to medals, but the Pinot
Noir Shootout provides concerted, then condensed reviews, providing thorough, quotable, consumerfriendly,
and accessible results from a varied panel of experts. Male and female reviews are kept
separate and posted on the Affairs of the Vine website at www.affairsofthevine.com.
The judging panel is comprised of a diverse group of over 40 wine professionals with a bent for Pinot
Noir. Last year I served on the tasting panel and was impressed by the experience and passion of the
judging panel. Considerable time is spent judging each wine over a generous scoring period so that
each wine receives the attention it deserves. All judging is blind. I plan to taste on the panel again this
The top 40 wines and their winemakers are presented along with seminars at the Pinot Noir Summit in
San Francisco on February 10, 2007. Consumers who attend the Summit are asked to judge the final 40
Pinot Noirs from their perspective as well.
Vintners must submit four bottles of each entry along with a $60 registration fee ($50 online at
www.affairsofthevine.com. The wines should be sent to Affairs of the Vine, 696
Elliott Lane, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707-874-1975).