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San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017
Wines from all over the planet are entered in one of the
world's most prestigious wine judgings.
Speaking of well-aged...
The event is coordinated by an army of people and they do a remarkable job in operating in a most efficient manner.
Judges from around the countryside arrive a day (or more)
ahead of time. Some come from overseas...Japan, Australia and Germany this
year. Others make their way from the East Coast and inland to participate
in what some say is the most prestigious wine judging in the US.
Some judges have more sensitive noses than others.
The weekend is somewhat of a Family Reunion, except there's far less confrontation and argumentation.
As it's nearly time to begin, Anthony Dias Blue takes center
stage and explains the ground rules.
It seems each year we have a few "new" judges.
Andy takes a few minutes to introduce them to the "family."
Wilfred Wong typically has a half a dozen rolls of Kodachrome in his bag and he's taking nearly as many photos as I take snapshots. He has a much higher batting average than do I, though.
In any event, Jim is a major star in the wine world!
By the way, have you seen the latest $100 bill?
I would pop out of my seat between rounds to take these
snapshots of the judges...
Please! Seriously!! Click on the Link Above...
And speaking of One Market...Here's One Markert.
Phil also made the cover of UFOS magazine recently and this
edition was hugely popular.
We found a snapshot of Charles when he was just a kid.
Steve's got an adoring fan club.
She is able to communicate using Italian hand-signals which
are easily kapeeshed by her panel mates.
He's trying to make America Grape Again.
And then this happened:
Ron is one of the most interesting men in the world.
Sarah is a real museum piece as you can see in this snapshot,
taken at the DeYoung, I think.
She's quite well-known, as you can see from this recent front
page of the New York Times.
There was an interesting photo posted of a San Francisco
George is accompanied by his Partner in Wine, Hugo Chandler...
Fred is often seen around town tasting wine.
Leslie has become a regular on NBC's Today Show.
Tim speaks fluent "Wine" and the City of San
Francisco had his image posted around town this weekend.
Tim's Facebook page had something about various facts about
And apparently the thing about Tim's PEZ Collection is accurate.
He's been on the cover of all sorts of magazines.
Also on Tim's Panel of esteemed judges was Jim Caudill.
Apparently the ironing board thing is an issue for the Kessler family.
The Famous Hollywood Star Angelina Jolie showed off her new
He's an internet star...CLICK HERE to see a Chris Sawyer Somm Video.
We're told he's got two siblings, one named Bud, the other
We've see Lars light up our TV, too.
Sean is a major star in Chicago and was recently on the cover
of some Windy City magazine.
We understand she drives race cars in her spare time.
And when she's not motoring around the track at high speeds, she's jumping out of airplanes!
Dan appreciates classic, traditionally-made wines.
He comes to California from the UK, having worked at Oddbins,
Lea & Sandeman, Bibendum before moving to California in 2011.
He was a bit concerned to see the White Zinfandel was a darker
shade of color than normal.
Kimberly often tells people her life "is like an open
Not many people know she's quite a singer. Apart from
singing the praises of her clients, she can also carry a tune.
We thought we saw his likeness on a recent trip to Paris.
We had no idea she was a Jedi, but she showed remarkable
skills in sabering bottles of Champagne.
Rachel had a top-flight mentor to guide her through the
His suitcase is always packed and ready to go.
It was reported he was lost on one of his excursions and the
city placed posters of him around town in hopes he'd be found.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the work never ends.
The official photographer thought this was a good snapshot, so
she stepped right up and clickety-click-click...
After a rigorous day of tasting, the judges take a
break. Some go for a nap. Others head out to do some City Shopping.
It could just as easily been this...
Fashionably late to the party is "The Man."
And soon some adoring fans were rubbing elbows...
Here's the hard-working, behind-the-scenes crew that makes
this well-oiled machine run so smoothly:
Here's another snapshot of those gorgeous gals:
Andy then took the floor and gave one of his famous sermons.
We then opened our little wine bag full of tricks...
My panel-mate Liz Thach stopped by for a schluck of our next
At first Rachel thought a wine called "Grey Wackie"
must be the work of Ron Washam, our resident comedian.
The Filet Mignon then was presented.
Not sure what this was all about.
Another bottle hopped out of my cellar bag...
Soon a nice little dessert presentation hit the table.