Are you an pinot noir addict like I am?  Can you have pinot every night and not get sick of it?  Oh wait maybe that’s just me.  Well, it’s nearly time for the annual Pinot Noir Summit, an event that I’ve been participating in and attending now for 5 years.  This is the 10th Anniversary of the Pinot Shootout, and it looks like the best one yet!
Held at the Hilton Chinatown on February 25th, this all day affair allows you not only to taste 32 pinots like a judge, in a blind tasting environment, but also to attend educational seminars and a grand tasting reception as well.
This year, Spencer Christian, the Bay Area’s favorite meteorologist (formerly of Good Morning America and well known wine aficionado), will be the emcee for the Grand Awards Tasting and Ceremony.
Starting at 1:30, you will be blind tasting 20 wines.  These wines have all made it to the finals by the official judges (ahem, yeah, like me!) and are now up for you to taste.  Votes are tallied based on male vs female, and then we can see the judges faves vs your faves.  The first year I attended the Pinot Summit I had so much fun learning about what the differences are, because believe me, there are!
After tasting these delicious wines, you will be able to choose between two seminars:
Sleek, Silky and Seductive – Pinot Noir or What Makes A Great Vintage.  Both of these discussions will be interesting, informative and tasty afternoon interludes.  After class, you can see what happens when pinot noir is given some gas.  That’s right, sparkling wine!
Finally, it’s time to unveil the winners from the earlier blind tasting.  As previously mentioned, Spencer Christian will be hosted the awards ceremony, where winners are crowded and histories are made.  You will be able to taste the wines again, and also taste some other offerings.
I hope you will be able to join me for this great day of wine here in the city!  Right now, tickets for the full day are $100, which is a $30 discount.  This event usually sells out so you should make sure to get your tickets now if you plan to attend.  If you can’t make the whole day but would like to attend the awards ceremony, tickets are also available for $80.  Almost 7 hours of pinot noir!  What a bargain!
See you there!

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