By Amy Looker

Australia’s pinot noir producers are dusting off their finest bottles ahead of an international 'tweet up' which will see the varietal go head-to-head with overseas producers via a virtual tasting on Twitter.

The Pinot Smackdown will take place on Thursday, August 18, between 7:30pm and 9pm AEST, with pinot from all over the world being tasted and taster’s comments being published on a live Twitter feed using the hashtag #pinotsmackdown.

Pinot noir from countries including Australia, New Zealand, America, France, Germany and Italy are expected to rate a mention on the Twitter feed, as pinot noir fans from around the world simultaneously tweet about the wine they are tasting.

Several venues in Australia will be hosting events to coincide with the Pinot Smackdown, including Coast Roof Top Bar and Restaurant in Sydney, Wine Experience in Brisbane and Lark Hill Winery in Canberra.

Wineries producing pinot noir are also being encouraged to promote the event.

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  1. This is going to be awesome and Aussie Pinot is going to bring the pain during this smackdown. Game on!

  2. Don’t forget to include Melrose Vineyards and Winery’s “Parker’s Reserve” Pinot Noir. A Classic Oregon Pinot Noir

  3. What’s the time for PST? I would like to let our fans and @womenwine followers know about this!

  4. Hi Julie – no particular time – it’s an all day event all over the world on 18th – depending on what time zone you are in and best time to get involved. Will be different timed events throughout Australia on day, but a local discussion in evening so people at home can open a bottle and get involved. Cheers

  5. The Australian wine industry is underperforming these days and our pinots, let alone all Australian wines, aren’t that great. As much as our industry will prod everyone into twittering that over-hyped Australia wine is ‘good’, don’t believe the propaganda. The industry is stale and needs a good clean out of old unoriginal heads. Save yourself the trouble and just go straight to a New Zealand or Oregon Pinot.

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