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13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit
07/24/2015 - 07/25/2015
The Pinot Noir Summit, the culmination of the Annual Pinot Noir Shootout competition, has become the largest competition of Pinot Noirs in the wine industry over the last 12 years. For the past three months, over 450 Pinot Noirs have been evaluated by the Affairs of the Vine judging panel.
Each wine is tasted blind at least twice in a series of tastings. No more than 32 wines are evaluated during a single session. This approach assures that each wine is assessed fairly with clarity, concentration and without palate fatigue.
The 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit will celebrate and recognize this year’s top wines and producers as part of the two day event.
On Friday, July 24th, the wine trade is invited to an afternoon tasting at the Atlantis where they can taste the winning entries, meet the winemakers and discuss one on one their approach and philosophy to winemaking.
On Saturday, July 25th, a full schedule of events and tastings is planned. The Pinot Noir Summit begins with a series of seminars that will delve into the heart and soul of this unique varietal, followed by a Pinot Pairing Lunch hosted by winemakers who will circulate as they pour their wines for guests.
The afternoon will be highlighted by the Wine Lovers Pinot Noir Challenge. Attendees blind taste 40 of the wines selected by the professional judging panel. Male and female votes are tallied separately. The results are announced and winners recognized at the gala Grand Tasting & Awards Ceremony in the evening. Wineries will showcase their award winning Pinot Noirs and other wines they produce. A selection of Pinot-friendly hors d’oeuvre will be served.