MEMBER PRESS: PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE MEMBER PRESS
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kristen Nesbitt
CHUMEIA VINEYARDS WINS TOP HONORS AT THE AFFAIRS OF THE VINE 2003 PINOT NOIR SHOOTOUT
PASO ROBLES, California, February 23, 2004 â€“ Thirty spectacular Pinot Noirs from the "Affairs of the Vine Pinot Noir Shootout" were unveiled at the Pinot Noir Summit at the City Club in San Francisco on February 7, 2004. Chumeia Vineyards, a newly established Paso Robles winery earned an impressive top 5 score of 92 points for their 2001 Central Coast Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir Summit was presented by "Affairs of the Vine", an educational wine organization that produces varietal "shootout" wine tastings, utilizing a blind tasting system and a diverse and well-rounded wine tasting panel.
The Affairs of the Vine Pinot Noir Shootout held December 16, 2003, received 217 wines for evaluation. The entries included wines produced from notable wine regions such as Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Napa as well as far-off regions including Oregon and Australia. The judging panel selected the top 50 wines, which were again narrowed to the top 30. The talented tasting panel included professional wine evaluators and writers David P. Jones, Len Napolitano, Steve Pitcher and Tim Teichgraeber to name a few.
Having already won a gold medal at the 2004 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Chumeia continues to garner attention for their 2001 Central Coast Pinot Noir. Chumeia Winery General Manager Lee Nesbitt noted "I always thought Cabernet Sauvignon was my strength, I guess I better re-consider".