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Are You Ready to Drink Some Wine?

From the wine bar that brought you 50 Shades of Rosé, Next Top Bottle, and RoséGo, comes a new program dedicated to the timeless question: can you make a drinking game out of that?

The Pursuit Wine Bar is pleased to announce our first ever Fantasy Wine Challenge!

Overview

Fantasy Wine Challenge is a two-phase fantasy team drafting game loosely based on Fantasy Football. But instead of drafting a fantasy team of football players, Players draft a roster of red wines.

Fantasy Wine Challenge is broken up into two Phases, each lasting six weeks with a three-day break in between. The game begins with 30 red wines, which are divided into six groups of five wines. Players draft one wine from each group to create a roster of six red wines.

During each week of Phase One we will pour five wines as a Fantasy Flight. Players will drink them blind. Players earn Wine Points based on how well their wines performed in the Fantasy Flights.

At the conclusion of Phase One, the 12 wines that have garnered the least number of Wine Points are eliminated. Players’ rosters will change between Phase One and Phase Two.

In Phase Two, the remaining 18 wines are randomly divided into six new groups of three wines each. During each week of Phase Two we will pour three wines as a Fantasy Flight. Players earn Wine Points based on how well their wines performed in the Fantasy Flights.

Players drink the Fantasy Flights blind and vote on their First Choice, Second Choice and Last Choice wine. Non-Players can also purchase the Fantasy Flight each week and rank their favorites, however they will not receive the Fantasy Flight blind.

First Choice wines receive 10 Wine Points, Second Choice wines receive 5 Wine Points, and Last Choice wines lose 3 Wine Points. Wines will also earn 5 Wine Points for each full glass purchased and 15 Wine Points for each bottle purchased.

Players can earn extra Team Points by completing Team Challenges and Participation Points by showing up each week and ranking the Fantasy Flights.

Timeline

Week Zero (November 14 - 17) - Players are assigned to Teams of four and draft their initial rosters of red wines. Each Team will collectively draft 24 of the 30 wines into their individual rosters and discard the remaining six wines to the League Pool. Players on the same Team cannot have any of the same wines on their individual rosters. All Players must submit their draft selections by November 17.

Weeks One through Six (November 19 - January 5) - Five wines are poured each week as a Fantasy Flight. Players receive their Fantasy Flight blind and rank their favorites. Teams earn additional Team Points by completing Team Challenges. Players collect their Wine Points, Team Points, and Participation Points. Please note that The Pursuit will be closed from December 23 - 31.

Redraft Period (January 7 - 9) - The 12 wines with the least number of Wine Points are eliminated from the Fantasy Wine Challenge. The wines are regrouped into groups of three. Players must drop wines from their rosters that have been eliminated from the program and can only keep one wine on their roster from each group. Players select new wines from the League Pool to complete their roster. All Players must submit their redraft selections by January 9.

Weeks Seven through Twelve (January 10 - February 20) - Three wines are poured each week as a Fantasy Flight. Players receive their Fantasy Flight blind and rank their favorites. Teams earn additional Team Points by completing Team Challenges. Players collect their Wine Points, Team Points, and Participation Points.

Wine Points

Players earn Wine Points based on how well the wines on their roster perform each week in the rankings of the Fantasy Flights. Players also earn bonus points if their wine performs particularly well (First Choice or Second Choice) and wasn’t favored to do well that week. We determine favorability based on the number of Teams in the League that did not draft a particular wine and instead discarded it into the League Pool. Each Team that discards a wine to the League Pool increases that wines bonus by 10%. Because of the bonus Wine Points it is possible that the Second Choice wine will earn more Wine Points than the First Choice wine.

For example:

Jennie has drafted the following six wines onto her roster:
- Troublemaker Red Blend
- Ammunition Red Blend
- Riebeek Pinotage
- Portlandia Pinot Noir
- Three Saints Cabernet
- Redhead Red Blend

In Week Three of Phase One, Riebeek Pinotage is being poured in the Fantasy Flight. At the conclusion of the week Riebeek Pinotage was the overall Second Choice wine in that Fantasy Flight earning 72 Wine Points. However, three Teams discarded the Riebeek Pinotage to the League Pool, so Jennie receives a 30% bonus of 22 Wine Points for a total of 104 Wine Points.

Jennie’s frenemy and fellow Team member Jeremy had the First Choice wine on his roster. His wine earned 91 Wine Points, however his wine was favored heavily to win the Fantasy Flight and no Teams discarded his wine to the League Pool. Therefore, he receives no bonus Wine Points. Jennie crushed it. Go Jennie!

Team Points

Teams also earn points by completing Team Challenges. Team Challenges vary week to week and are announced at the beginning of the week. Team Challenges include activities like posting to social media, wearing a particular color, bringing a friend with you to The Pursuit, and correctly identifying your wine in a Fantasy Flight. None of the Team Challenges specifically require you to purchase anything (e.g., order a Smaller Plate).

Continuing our example:

The Team Challenge in the same week was to correctly identify the five wines in that week’s Fantasy Flight (remember that Player’s receive the Fantasy Flight blind). Players earn two Team Points for each wine they correctly guess. Jennie correctly guessed two of the wines. Jeremy correctly guessed all five. Their other two Team members - Judy and Jasmine - each guessed three wines correctly. Overall, the Team members correctly guessed 13 wines and earned 26 Team Points. All members of the Team receive the Team Points. And while the Team Challenge didn’t require Jennie to buy anything, she still got a Hummus because she likes Hummus and it makes her happy.

Participation Points

Participation Points are cumulative and based on whether all Players on a Team submit their rankings on a particular week’s Fantasy Flight. Each successive week that all Players on a Team submit their rankings the number of Participation Points the Team receives for that week increases by 10 Participation Points. In the event that all Players on a Team do not submit their rankings, the amount of Participation Points resets to the base amount of 20 Participation Points.

Continuing our example:

Jennie, Jeremy, Judy and Jasmine are on top of their game, which is why we decided to use them for our example. They are on a three-week participation streak and earn 40 Participation Points in Week Three. They earned 20 Participation Points in Week One, 30 Participation Points in Week Two, and if they keep it up, they’ll earn 50 Participation Points in Week Four.

Fantasy Points

Fantasy Points include all Wine Points, Team Points and Participation Points.

Continuing our example:

In Week Three, Jennie received 104 Wine Points, 26 Team Points and 40 Participation Points for a total of 170 Fantasy Points. Go Jennie, go.

Prizes

At the conclusion of the Fantasy Wine Challenge we will award the following prizes based on total Fantasy Points:

First Place Player - One bottle of each of the wines on their initial roster from Phase One
Second Place Player - $50 gift card to The Pursuit Wine Bar
Last Place Player - A copy of Wine Folly The Master Guide autographed by Kathleen and Thomas with an inspirational message

First Place Team - Each Player on the Team receives a free bottle of any available wine from the Fantasy Wine Challenge
Last Place Team - Each Player on the Team receives a free bottle of a wine that was eliminated between Phase One and Phase Two

The Wines

The 30 red wines participating in the Fantasy Wine Challenge are many of our favorite red wines that we have poured at The Pursuit over the past four and a half years - all blasts from the past! Some of the wines will be single varietals and some will be blends. While we will seek to balance the portfolio we will have some duplicate regions and varietals in the League (e.g., there may be more than one Oregon Pinot Noir).

Cost/Perks

The cost to participate in the Fantasy Wine Challenge is $45 per person.

There are two majors perks to joining the Fantasy Wine Challenge:

  1. You’re going to have a lot of fun drinking a lot of amazing red wines and competing with other wine drinkers to create the best roster of red wines.

  2. You will receive twice as much wine in your Fantasy Flight each week. During Phase One you will receive all half-glass pours (instead of tasting pours) and during Phase Two you’ll receive full-glass pours (instead of half-glass pours). This perk helps to reinforce the first perk.