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Mondial du Pinot Noir

International wine competition, which has been held annually in Sierre (Canton Valais) in Switzerland since 1998. All producers of wines from Pinot Noir are eligible to participate. It is under the patronage of the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) and UIOE (Union Internationale des Oenologues) and is a member of VINOFED (Fédération Mondiale des Grands Concours Internationaux de Vins et de Spiritueux). The wines are tasted by an international jury of renowned and experienced tasters (in 2008 there were 56 jurors). The awards are given on the basis of joint decisions. Five tasters, screened from the other panels, sit around a table during the tasting. The wine evaluations are entered on a laptop via specially developed PC software. Each day, 50 to 60 wines are evaluated in a blind tasting for three hours according to the 100-point table. Only the vintages are known. As a rule, there is a high degree of agreement for 90% of the wines. The more divergent assessments are then discussed and any markedly different grades are corrected if necessary

More than 1,100 wines were presented at the 11th event in 2008. Of these, 60% came from Switzerland and 40% from abroad, for example from Germany (140), France (over 100), Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Three wines from France, Germany and Argentina were awarded the highest Grand d`Or prize, as well as 101 gold and 228 silver medals. Furthermore, special prizes were also awarded, for example in the category "Old Vintages". For the first time this year, wines made from Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris were also admitted in the "Discovery" category. See also under wine events and awards.

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