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San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014  PAGE 2

 

 

SATURDAY

 

We began promptly at 9 in the morning Saturday...



And as this year's tasting coincided with The World Cup Soccer, we were a bit surprised when Dr. Hepp showed up at the table in an unusual wine-tasting costume.

And we were reminded again to "keep your eyes open for Gold Medal wines."

 


Duuuuude!

 

My panel found some shockingly good wines and we gave a lot of Gold Medals.


Other wines were merely shocking!


Kate certainly has an eye for good wine.

Meanwhile, Andy had some dental issues this morning...

It was certainly an extraordinary panel!



And they'd gather before breakfast to practice a few tunes for their upcoming performance Saturday Night!

 


Judging by the Rorschach Test on his smock, it's clear Jim was having some issues with tasting some of the wines.

 



The Pensive Professor


Mara-viglioso!

 

 


Snake Eyes?  No...Drake-Eyes!

 

 


Tom Sawyer's wine-tasting brother, Chris.


Her panel was known as The Pitts Crew.

 


"This is a bloody good wine, worthy of a nice, juicy medal!"

 


"I'm all googly-eyes over this wine!"

 


Bill "Eyes Wide Shut" Bloxsom-Carter

 


Greg ALWAYS has his eyes on Pinot Noir!


"See no weevils, hear no weevils, speak no weevils."

They even changed their label knowing Fred was working for their wholesaler!


"I can really sink my tooth into this wine...and that's the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth!"




Virginie

 


We speak wine!



Signora Due Mari




He's Oh-So-Dignified and Refined!

 


No wonder the airline cancelled his flight back home!

 


Steve Izzo, Fo' Shizzle!


Father and Son?


Tim Tushgrabber



Old Andy Blue Eyes with a couple of voluntears volunt-eyes.



The name tag reads "Michael Feil," so apparently he's a master of disguise!
Most folks seeing the toothsome smile would have pegged this as a photo of Ziggy.


Some will say this is a nice photo of Perdue.
Others will tell you "Per-don't"!!!



Sir Vin


Oh My Gawd, I so can't see the kids wearing these glasses!

 


Eye Caramba!

 


The Rab-Eye

 



Oooohhhh My Gawd!



Thanks to all the good sports who were willing to put on the glasses, etc. and pose for such silly photos.
While we take our wine-tasting and judging seriously, the judges at this magnificent event also enjoy the camaraderie of the weekend and in having fun.

 

We had our lunch break on Saturday and I brought a bottle of wine to share with my colleagues on the panel...

...and, of course, this was a shock and delight for Rowald Hepp, manager of the famous German wine estate, Schloss Vollrads.
We enjoyed a few sips of the 2011 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett...nicely fruity and crisply acidic to balance the sugar...and, of course, low in alcohol.

 

And, or course, no matter what he's tasting, this fellow always has Riesling on his mind!


Thanks to our "Team Captain," Jim Trezise!!!


A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR PANEL VOLUNTEERS:
Mike Sleczkowski, Joe Kaak, Mahala Bundy and Mari Paul

And we gathered a bunch of Tattooed participants to pose for a snapshot...

All Riesling Fans!

Luckily Jim didn't show us all his Riesling Tattoos...


We had one more flight of wines, an "elimination round," where we picked our favorite Riesling so as to have but a couple of wines in the Sunday Sweepstakes tasting.

My "Magic Bag," always full of surprises, had a couple of bottles of chilled beer to share with my tasting panel colleagues and the grand crew of volunteers who took such good care of us.


 

 

SUNDAY

Sunday morning we gathered at the appointed hour, waiting to start the Sweepstakes tasting.

Jim Trezise was very pleased to see even a few more Riesling tattoos on some of the judges.

 


A battle-scarred Tim McDonald explained how the Sweepstakes judging works while we waited for the first flight of wines to be poured.


Andy had taken his place at the head of the room and was ready to lead the judges in selecting the "Best of Show" wines.


Two Gold Medalists!


Michael and Steve


Mike "Easier Said Than" Dunne


Dan and Heidi


Kimberly and Traci


Carl Grubbs and Christine Trice


Drake and Ron

And the first "round" was ready...


The judges are asked to raise a hand to vote for a particular wine...and you can vote for as many wines as you like.
Sometimes there's a bit of unanimity for a wine and sometimes the votes are divided.


Mr. Wizard has long been volunteering at this event...

We needed to vacate the room to allow the volunteers to remove the old stemware and replace it with a new flight...

Meanwhile, out in the hallway, I found Chazz Palminteri checking out Lily Tomlin.

Then it was time for a group photo of the judges...

The great Leon Borensztein.
Mr. Borensztein won a Guggenheim fellowship a few decades ago!


Better late than never...

 


(Thanks to Chloe Turan for the lovely snapshot!)


As we waited for the next flight, I found Charles sending Ron text messages...

Others were taking 'selfies':


Two bright smiles

 


Tim, Chandler and Dottie

 

And then the call came to assess the next round of wines...

 

 

After we voted on those, some of the fellas kicked up their heels...


Keep it under your hat!

 

And the call came for the final round of reds and some dessert wines.

And after all the votes were cast and the ballots tallied, the judges stood up to applaud the volunteers, who once again, made the event run smoothly.


Chandler, Dottie and Chloe.


And Nicolette.

And we broke for lunch and there was a chilled bottle, ready for our little Nikko Hotel "picnic."

 

 

 

 

 

FOR THE RESULTS OF THE JUDGING, CLICK HERE

 

TO SEE LAST YEAR'S PHOTOS, CLICK HERE

 

 

TO SEE SOME PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS OF THE EVENT, CLICK HERE...
THESE ARE REALLY GOOD!

 

BACK TO THE 2002 COMPETITION

 

ON TO THE 2013 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2012 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2011 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2010 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2009 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2008 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2007 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2006 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2005 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2004 COMPETITION

ON TO THE 2003 COMPETITION



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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