San Francisco International Wine Competition-2015 Page 2
The previous page has snapshots of the Judges and some of the
organizers and managers of this magnificent event.
For each Panel's Second Day of Tastings, we take a few more
While the judging remains a serious business, the photo shoots provide a few
minutes of frivolity for the judges and volunteers.
Hair today, gone tomorrow.
That Gray-Beard Fred Dame, Lady Gaga and Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees.
Panel P as in Paparazzi!
Brian, Tim and Tarzan.
The Rabbi and Blox-Cart!
Ron Washbag, aka The Hosemaster of Wine.
KNC, La Grande Dame de P-R
Jim McMahon, The Aboriginal Wine Guru
The Bowery Boy
Jerry: "No thanks, I don't need a wig or a beard...I'll just be the
Me: "Oh now there's a concept: Jerry C as a straight man!"
Eduardo, who has a black belt in Sake,
Again, the paparazzi were out in full force!
In Andy Perdue's case, that's NOT a Mullet.
I think it's a Ferret.
In an event:
Chico, Harpo and Groucho.
M, Moneypenny and Bond, James Bond.
Or, More Probable:
The Chief, Agent 99 and Maxwell Smart.
Not only his is shirt Purple, he's sporting a Purple Palate (which is remarkable
since his panel was tasting mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Gris).
Grizzly Adams (who usually has a leg up on most people), SF Willy and Gandalf
Soon the volunteers were joining in the jocularity of the
Then it was time for a Selfie...
I think that's the musical group ABBA.
One of the real pioneers and a fixture at the San Francisco
International Wine Competition is
The Great Paul Bourbin
The Mama and The Papas
My Panel posed for a group snapshot...
Two of the three of us scare little children and small animals without the hairy
When we put on a bit of hair, we did cause people to wet their shorts.
Good thing Dan and I were wearing our Depends!
At this point we had completed our flights, tallying close to
It was time to say a big THANK YOU to the crew of volunteers who handled Panel
Robert Schambach, Arlo Lobascio (aka LoLo) and Kirsten Coleman
(They did a great job on our behalf!)
To further say "thanks" to the crew, I have some chilled bottles of
beer to toast everyone once we have finished our task of tasting.
The number of wines that have been awarded a Double Gold and thought to be
worthy of being shown in the Sunday Sweepstakes is unwieldy.
So to whittle down the number of candidates, volunteer judges are sought to
taste in a sort of "run off" election.
Mahala explains the protocol and we taste a bunch of Rieslings.
We tasted a bunch of Rieslings...some from the Panel of Jim Trezise, Rowald Hepp
and Jim Harre.
The wine that snared not only the "Best Riesling of the Show," but
"Best White Wine of the Show" was a Framingham 2013 Classic Riesling
from Marlborough, New Zealand.
(I'll toot the horn of Panel N, though: Dan Berger, Valery Uhl and myself
launched that into the Sweepstakes and it made it past the judges in the
preliminaries and got the nod on Sunday morning from the entire roster of
Tonya, Dan and Valery.
We finished these "run off" tastings and, luckily, I
had more chilled bottles of beer to share with our friends.
Caminia...An Italian beer that is labeled "American Pale Ale"!!!
(It's good, too.)
And with that, the judges dispersed and ventured out into the
warmish San Francisco evening.
Trying some of the local dining establishments is a real treat for the judges,
especially those from out of the area.
But for some of us locals, it's just as much fun!
Sunday morning everyone gathered bright and early.
The Sweepstakes tasting is always interesting, as we get to have a sniff and a
sip of wines that made "the cut" and got the Double Gold nod from the
We begin with Sparkling Wines...
Here's the first flight of wines...
For each category, we vote for our top choice to arrive at the
So, if there are three wines of a particular category, judges vote to come up
with the best wine of that type and then that wine is included in the finals for
best sparkling wine, best white, best red, best dessert wine, etc.
After we dispatched the first round of bubblies and white
wines, the volunteers brought two special Jeroboams of Roederer Estate Anderson
Valley Brut so everyone could lift a glass and toast
Chandler came to take a bow as we all lifted a glass to honor
Chandler, as usual, is "all business."
"You know, you still have a lot of wines to evaluate, so we need to get to
That's our Chandler.
So we had a brief break while the crew changed out the glasses and re-set the
tables with a new flight of wines.
Outside we caught our two "kidnap victims" catching a bit of shut-eye.
Kevin Vogt was recently in Spain, but thought he was stuck due to a mechanical
problem with the plane. Passengers were told the part needed to make the
repair was back in the US and they would need to be patient.
He (and other victims) were being held for a few days until, ostensibly, the
part arrived and the plane was cleared for take-off.
We mentioned this was a very subtle, but effective, form of kidnapping.
In fact, here's a little post from Kevin's Facebook page:
Kevin was pleasantly surprised to find it "smooth sailing" from home
to SFO on his flight to the San Francisco International Wine
Then Mr. Stivers was held hostage briefly by a Super Shuttle driver. He
took him around the airport nearly a dozen times before Jeffery demanded the
fellow stop and allow him off the shuttle.
No ransom had yet been paid, but Stivers did come up with additional cash to get
himself to The City before his friends finished their lunch at The Slanted Door.
As we waited for the next flight to be set up, we were herded into a place for a
directed traffic and soon the judges were in place, ready for him to take a few
We waited a bit before being called in to judge another flight
The WashMaster of Wine.
And the final flight:
And once it was all said and done, we had a round of applause
for the behind-the-scenes people...
Chandler, of course...but also the various staff members and volunteers.
And with that, we concluded another delightful weekend of wine judging and
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