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San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016   Page 2

 


The French (and actually we've heard Italians, too) say "Chapeau!" as a term of admiration and respect.
It's sort of like "Bravo!"

The literal translation of the term "chapeau" is hat.

And so we have the theme of Saturday's wine judging...the judging aspect of the day is quite serious and professional, but we enjoy having a bit of fun to celebrate this great weekend of wine and camaraderie.

 


Panel A
Joe "One Dude" Roberts, Sarah "Aquavit" Blau and "Cowboy" Jerry Cooper


Panel B
Nadia "Vŭzlyubena" Pavlevska, Ziggy "Rose of the Wild Bunch" Eschliman, Anthony Biased Blue, Bob "Wilfred" Paulinski

 


Panel C
Mike "Wilfred" Tadich, Shelley "A-16" Lindgren, Sir Nick Ponomareff

 


Panel D
Charles Maraviglioso, Dana Fantastica, Drake "Gaucho" McCarthy

 


Panel E
Rowald "Wilfred" Hepp, Jim "The Kiwi Kowboy" Harré and Mister Riesling, Jim Trezise

 


Panel F
Clarice "Frappuccino" Turner, George Thorka, Squire Robert Whitley and Mark "The Palate" Bowery


Hugo Chandler

 

 


Panel G
Feil (That's Lief Spelled Sideways) Eriksson, Michael "The Professor" Franz, Ian Beekeeper, Traci "Drinks" Dutton


Panel H
Joe Petragliasson, Kristina Spencer Kessler, Wilfred Wong (again!)


Panel I
Timmy SkyScrapersson, Valery "The Doc of The Bay" Uhl and Michael "Sam Spade" Cervin

 


Panel J
Izzi or Ain't He (Steve Izzo), Top-Hat Fred Dame and Duke Cikota

 


Panel K
Michael "Zorro" Ploetz, Leslie "Lagertha" Sbrocco and Ron "Wilfred" Wongsham



Panel L
Kevin "Wilfred" Vogt, Wendy "Yerba-Buena" Stanford, Tonya "Stagecoach Mary" Pitts, Tim "Rollo" McDonald

 

 


Panel M
Dan "Cosmo" Berger, Kimberly "Annie Oakley" Charles, Robert "Oktoberfest" Silverstein 


Panel N
Lulu "Kadarka" McAllister, Sean "I'll Have a Beer" Ludford, Phil "I'll Have What He's Having" Markert

 

 


Panel O
Gerald "Groucho" Weisl, Jim "Chico" McMahon and Eduardo "Harpo" Dingler



Panel P
Chris "Tyrone Power" Sawyer, Jeffery "Brünnehilde" Stivers, Tim "Jambalaya" McNally

 

 


Panel Q
Ron "Thunderball" Brown, John "Q" Cunin, Andy "Peanut" Perdue

 



As our panel wrapped up our final flight of entries, we submitted one of the glasses to Jeffery Stivers who was at a neighboring table.
One cannot describe Mr. Stivers as "pokerfaced."
His assessment of a wine registers immediately.


At this stage we are all delighted to have made our way through a few Double Gold medal-winning wines, a small quantity of Gold Medals, a modest amount of Silver Medal wines and a flock of Bronze Medalists.


Our wonderful Panel O Volunteers did a great job and we made our way through 29 Flights with ease and efficiency.
ZACH FITTING--SUE CHEE--KC JONES

We typically have some brewskis in our cellar bag to celebrate the completion of our judging work.
This year I brought Brasserie Lebbe beer, also known as "Goat Beer."


A big "Thank You" and "Bravo" to the grand crew who took such good care of us!

After we were invited to some "taste-offs."  These were "Super Tastings" of Double Gold medal wines.  The idea was to reduce the number of entries into the Sweepstakes Tastings on Sunday morning.  Instead of having 10 Chardonnays at that tasting, we could select the top two or three wines for the Sweepstakes.

Out in the hall we found a number of other judges had also completed their tastings.


She-Nanigans and He-Nanigans

Meanwhile, down to the business at hand.

A Super-Tasting of Double Gold Medal Cabernets

 



 

The Aftermath...


And on to Sunday Morning's Taste-Off...the Best of The Best


We were to taste through these to begin the morning of Sweepstakes Judging.

The "Brain Trust" sits at the front of the room and they were ready to taste and evaluate.

Anthony Dias Blue and Tim McDonald
That's what one calls "Double Gold"!!!


A man on a mission...The Maverick Ron Brown

 

 


Waiting for the starting bell...

 

We taste through the various wines...if there are, for example, three Sauvignon Blancs we'll taste those and pick the favorite, eliminating two of them.  The winner is, then, the Best Sauvignon Blanc of the competition and it remains as a finalist for the "Best White Wine" of the show award.

Andy or Tim asks the judges to vote...and you can vote as many times or for as many wines as you like.


There's a group of volunteers at the front of the room tabulating the number of raised hands.  They discuss the number of votes they counted to confirm the tabulation.



I believe they count Andy's and Tim's votes but once...


Wendy


Phil


Mark


Dr. Michael


Ziggy


Dana


Tonya


Nadia


Kevin


Counting the votes

After tasting sparkling wines and the various white wines, we leave the room for the volunteers to clear the wine glasses, replace them with clean stemware and then pour the next series of wines.



On the way out the door I saw a couple of old dawgs and a young pup...

George, Andy and Hugo-Chandler

 

I attempted to take some "Wilfred Wong"-styled snapshots.
He takes photographs.
I take snapshots.












Apparently she was texting him his favorite three word phrase:
I Love Riesling.





Chris Sawyer was looking at the ten selfies he'd taken in the previous two hours, while Jeffery Stivers was researching a local laundry place to get the wine stains out of his lab coat.


Jeffery kept calling Chris "Tom Sawyer" which may explain why Chris called Jeffery "Huckleberry Finn."



All Smiles.


Sandra Bullock and Jackie Chan taking a selfie.

 


More Selfies...and they all seem to be with Wilfred Wong, as people have mistaken him for either Barack Obama or Tim McDonald.

 


Loo-zee-Anna and Jupiter


Yipes, Stripes!!!


Mister Chicago



The Bee Gees
John, Michael and Fred


Ben & Jerry

 


Drake


Sergeant Joe Friday and Officer Bill Gannon
"Just the facts, ma'am..."


Peter, Paul and Mary
Well, Mary with Peter and Paul.


Tango and Cash

 


Looks like a National League baseball team (with the pitcher warming up in the bullpen).


Women's Lacrosse Team?



Batman & Robin


Sonny & Cher


"I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've watched that Sommelier movie...and it's still the same ending after six screenings."


Frodo & Sam

 


Say Cheese



Hair Club for Men Team Meeting

 


Hair Club for Women Team Meeting

 


Teyoncé


Leon & Jeffery taking simultaneous selfies, apparently.

 

 







Hold those hands up!


Okay, who's the joker raising both hands?



Mahala and Kirsten tally up on the other side of the room.


As all the votes were tallied, we had the "Bests of the Best."



Andy took a bow.


Nicolette Teo sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" or something along those lines.

And the judges all rose to applaud her wonderful performance, more as the Managing Director than as a singer.
And we thanked the amazing army of volunteers who are the backbone of the judging.



For a list of award winning wines, CLICK HERE.


Gerald

 

The 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition is "in the books" and another success.

We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2017.

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