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2010 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION  
Page 2

And so off to the Judge's Dinner we went...


Ann Littlefield and Kevin Vogt.


Mrs. & Mr. Brian Baker.

 



Brian Baker, after a sip of bubbly, took to serenading the crowd.
Man, can he carry a tune!
Click on the arrow button and give Brian a listen.



George Skorka and Ann Littlefield.


Ann Landers?
No, Ellen Landis in the back on the left...
Carol Seibert, Charles Mara, Ann Littlefield (of course) and Jim Harre.


Ken and Ellen Landis with Drake McCarthy.
Ann Littlefield is off to the left in this photo.


Robert Silverstein and Jim Harre.


William Buxom-Hefner.


Jeffery Stivers.

Andy, sporting his favorite color...Blue!


Not Ann Littlefield.


Jim Trezise, Mrs. Leticia Ponomareff and, of course, Ann Littlefield.


Debra Del Fiorentino and Valery.


Notice how Debra is taller in this photo...


The Vine Guy and Vine Gal.


California Grapevine Meets The Pinot Report.
Nick Ponomareff, Jim Harre and Greg Walter.


Steve Pitcher, Mark Bowery and Ziggy Eschligal.


Herr Pitcher and Leslie The Thirsty Girl/Check, Please! Sbrococco.


Lefty McCarthy and Charlie "The Barber" Mara.

Then Leslie makes Charles an offer he can't refuse...

...and so Charles is on the cover of Leslie's magazine.

The ToastMaster of Wine,

Ron Washam.

George Skorka in a quiet and pensive moment...

Seconds later, though...


Michael Feil and his Thirsty Girl.


Zag and Zig.


Janet Dyer.



Gillian Balance, Kevin Mastery and Janet Dyer.

Luckily I had color film in the camera when Rosina arrived.

The famous Rosina Tinari Wilson in living color (on the right).


Charles Mara dreaming of Zinfandel, while The Hosemaster is thinking of the upcoming blogger's convention.


Vine Gal, Vine Guy and Wine Guy.


Jim Trezise and Angela Landisbury.


More Thirsty Girls.


Leticia, Steve and Nick.


Mr. & Mrs. Janet Dyer.


Dr. Valery Uhl understands Kiwi-Speak.

The Menu for the Judge's Dinner

Naturally there were some bottles in my cellar bag...

A Muller-Thurgau from Pojer & Sandri was light and fresh...faintly citrusy and a bit understated alongside the Tuna.

So we pulled another rabbit out of our hat...

A Von Simmern Hattenheimer Noosecookie Trocken Riesling.
Very fine and sporting plenty of character, this was a lovely dry white with floral notes and nice acidity.


A Castello di Verduno red wine made of Pelaverga was the wine of the week for George "Put a Skorka In It".
Light and with hints of wild strawberries and peppery overtones, this bottle was delicious served lightly chilled.


Robert Silverstein wanted to give this a gold medal, too, except it wasn't entered in anything more than the "Judge's Dinner" category.


Jeffery wanted to know if was available in half-pint format, while Ron was thinking of a magnum.


Nick Pontificatamareff.

We then opened a bottle of Crivelli's magnificent RuchÚ, another Piemontese red wine.

Andy then got up and made some comments and George danced for the crowd, netting $2.25, three marbles and a shoelace.


Andy appreciated George dressing in blue.
(Andy even demanded, apparently, that the chairs around the dining table be blue in color.)


Three Goombahs and One Fuggedaboutit.
A bunch of Goodfellas...

After a magnum of Fratelli Ponte Barbera and a magnum of Castello di Neive Barbaresco (Santo Stefano Riserva, no less!), someone had Fuggedabout-his cell phone.
It rang several times and finally the one bright light at our table, Robert Silverstein, suggested someone answer the damned thing as it was probably its owner dialing it in an attempt to track down the lost phone.

Sure enough, someone did answer the phone and the unsuspecting owner, was caught off guard.

"Hello?"
"Yes...Hallo."
"What are you doing with my god-damned phone?  Who the hello are you?  I'm calling the police."
George calmly responded, "But sir, you don't have to call the police.  I AM the police."
"What the f@*k!  Who the hell are you?"
"I have your phone, sir and it's safe."
"Where the f%*k are you??, god dammit!"
"If you would please come up to the 25th floor,  sir," George calmly continued, "I have your phone here, sir."
Moments later the fellow burst into the room, totally tweaked, but his balloon was quickly deflated when he realized he'd been 'had' and it was, after all, his fault for leaving the phone...
Here's one possible solution...ear you go...

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The next morning, the judging continued, as each panel made its way through numerous flights, in search of perfection.



One of the volunteers needed a break...

 


Ansel Adams took a break from tasting to shoot one of his panel mates.


Back to tasting in hopes of finding a wine worth more than a nickel.

Barbara was busy tabulating the results of Panel G.

She was Harried by the diverse opinions of Eddie Albert and Tim Skyscraper.


Glowing results.


Focus on the task at hand...


"I can almost see this wine getting a gold medal."


Photogenic.



 


The Eye.



 

 

 

 

 

 


Diamond Mendel Kohn.

 


Janet...




 

 

George was begging for a gold medal...


 


Click on the lower left corner...
The arrow button gets this started.


 


Someone asked Deborah "Where's the Beef?"



After a particularly poor wine, Robert was seriously injured and George, in tears, came to his rescue.

Our panel, by the way, was assisted by:


L to R: Zach Salin, Panel Coordinator Duncan Ballash and Jim Anaya.

A while later we needed a group photo.

And these two fellows saw to it.

Back to the grindstone...or wine stone.


A spitting image of Robert Silvertongue.


 


A Double Gold Moment.

Duncan and Mister Wizard, the illustrious Paul J. Bourbin, discuss the results of several small flights of fancy.

As we wound up our tasting of nearly 300 wines, we finished the day with a sip of Estrella Inedit beer from Spain.


Bob was awarding this a Double Gold.

And so we returned Sunday morning, mining for Gold.

Carol Seibert and Chandler Moore were glad this day had finally arrived.

Everyone, it seems, wanted a photo of Kimberly Charles.

And soon we were at tasting tables, confronted with numerous Double Gold Medal Winners.

Jim McMahon was up to the task.

So was our Fearless Leader.

And so here we are...

...confronted with choosing the best of the best.


Debra Doppio D'Oro

"If you thought Wine B was the best, Please raise your hand."


Raising His Hantman.


Looking for Ballance.


In between flights...we stepped outside.  Andy checks the soccer scores.


Chandler Pour.


Barbara Pours...


And so, we've tasted through more than 70+ Double Gold Medal wines, selecting nearly a handful as the Best of the Best...

After all is said and done, some of the volunteers are spotlighted and take a bow...

And so...the winners include:

BEST OF SHOW

BEST WHITE WINE:

WHITECLIFF 2009
New York
RIESLING
BEST RED WINE:
SEQUANA VINEYARD
2008 Santa Lucia Highlands
Sarmento Vineyard
PINOT NOIR
BEST SPARKLING WINE:
PIPER SONOMA
Sonoma County
BLANC DE BLANCS
BEST DESSERT WINE:
JACKSON TRIGGS
Proprietor's Reserve
2007 Niagara Peninsula
VIDAL
Ice Wine

 

The Complete Results May Be Found on the Competition's Website.

CLICK HERE

 

Thanks to Anthony Dias Blue, Carol Seibert and Chandler Moore for inviting me to participate.

Thanks to all the great volunteers who make this amazing event possible.

Special thanks to my Panel's volunteers: 
Duncan Ballash, coordinator
& Jim Anaya and Zach Salin.

 

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