Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

 

STORE HOURS

COVID-19 HOURS:
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm


We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Tasting Room is closed


Closed Sundays

 

New Icon Gif #132152 - Free Icons Library

SONOMA SAUVIGNON
ARTISTRY

NEW VINTAGE OF SONOMA CHARDONNAY

PORTUGUESE $11 RED

SANGIOVESE DI ROMAGNA,
Not Tuscany

NEBBIOLO LANGHE
BARGAIN

SALUMI-WORTHY
FIZZY RED LAMBRUSCO

GODELLO!

TOP PICK OF CH¬TEAUNEUFS

SPANISH WHITE...NOT
ALBARI—O or TXAKOLINA

AROMATIC PIEMONTESE RED: RUCH»

CRU BARBARESCO FROM A NEWISH WINERY--Sale Priced

NEW, SINGLE VINEYARD
SANCERRE

GORGEOUS GEW‹RZTRAMINER

BEST BUYS
Good Wines for $5-$15

CAPOVILLA
OUTSTANDING GRAPPA

CABERNET VALUE

AMAZING ALBARI—O

SURPRISINGLY GOOD TEN BUCK MERLOT

BIGFOOT CABERNET

CHAMPAGNE DE
MERFY

A FIESTA OF A TEMPRANILLO

OBSCURE ITALIAN RED

CIŔ CIŔ
PECORINO

COOL VERDEJO

ELEVEN BUCK
AMADOR ZIN

STYLISH WASHINGTON MERLOT

STELLAR NEW ARTISAN RIOJA

NICE LITTLE PINOT $9.99

CASTEL√O BARGAIN

STELLAR BLAUFRńNKISCH ESTATE

COLORFUL ZIN

WHITE BURGUNDIES OF NOTE

MARSANNE BARGAIN

CHERRYISH TUSCAN RED SALE $12.99

PROSECCO FOR ADULTS

BILLIONAIRE'S WINES UNDER $30!

BARGAIN WHITE BORDEAUX

TOP OF THE LINE
CREMANT

RESERVE QUALITY RIOJA

BARBERA OF NOTE

PIEMONTE'S GRAND VIN BIANCO?

GREAT GRUNER VELTLINER

FLOWERY, CURIOUS RED

OLD PATCH RED
ZIN BLEND

MONCUIT'S GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE

HONEYED MUSCAT

Napa Valley Grape Info
2002

2010

Amazing FRENCH CIDERS

FIZZY LAMBRUSCO

 

 

HOME PAGE

AMERICAN WINES

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS

RHONE WANNABEES

ZINFANDELS

SAUVIGNON BLANCS

MERLOTS

OREGON WINES

CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS

CALIFORNIA CABERNETS

RIESLING & GEWURZ

WASHINGTON STATE

CANADIAN WINES

Adventuresome  Wines

ROS…S !!

FRENCH WINES
ALSACE
BEAUJOLAIS
RED BORDEAUX
WHITE BORDEAUX
RED BURGUNDY
WHITE BURGUNDY
RH‘NE VALLEY
THE FRENCH ALPS
SOUTH OF FRANCE

LOIRE


CHAMPAGNE

 

ITALIAN WINES
PIEMONTE

VALLE D'AOSTA

NORTHERN ITALY

CENTRAL ITALIA

TUSCANY

SOUTHERN ITALIA

SARDINIA

SICILIA


SPANISH WINES
Spanish Sherry
& Other Delights


PORTUGUESE WINES

SWISS WINES

GERMAN WINES

AUSTRIAN WINES

ARGENTINA

CHILE

AUSTRALIA

NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH AFRICA

OBSCURE WINES

DESSERT WINES

CHAMPAGNES

HALF-BOTTLES

SPIRITS

CIDERS

BEER
Even Real "Bud"!

OTHER STUFF

WINE TASTING

WHAT'S OPEN


UPCOMING TASTINGS

TASTING RESULTS
  
NEWSLETTER

SHIPPING INFO

ETC.

 

TASTING REPORTS

HOW TO ORGANIZE A BLIND-TASTING

BLIND TASTING ARCHIVE

MY 2013 EURO WINE ADVENTURE BOOK

CHATEAU MONTELENA "DREAM TASTING"
January 2018

CHATEAU MONTELENA
VERTICAL


ALBA WINES EXHIBITION 2007

ALBA WINES EXHIBITION 2008

SCHRAMSBERG vs THE FAMOUS FRENCH

German Wine "Master Class" Tasting

UNIQUE VERTICAL TASTING OF VOLLRADS RIESLINGS
1945-2015


S & M FOR WINETASTING GEEKS

TEAR-WAH
TASTING

2020 COVID
SF INTL WINE
COMPETITION

2019 SF
INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2018 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2017 SF
INTERNATIONAL
WINE 
COMPETITION

2016 SF
INTERNATIONAL
WINE COMPETITON

2015 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2014 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2013 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2012 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2011 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2010 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2009 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

2008 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Periodically Amazing

2007 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
The Nose Knows!

2006 SF INTERNATIONAL  WINE COMPETITION.
SPIT HAPPENS

2005 SF INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION.

2004 SF WINE COMPETITION TASTING

The 2003 SF WINE COMPETITION

2002 SF WINE COMPETITION TASTING 

A Vertical Tasting of Nalle Zinfandels

 

 

ETC.

RANTINGS & RAVINGS

WINE ROADS of EUROPE

Food/Wine/Friends
A Photo Gallery

MASTER OF WINE ESSAY TOPICS

Old Bottles: A TASTE OF HISTORY

Bob's Venetian Diary

Bob's Paris Notes Updated Spring 2007

Wine Writer's Confession

NEW "CULT" WINERY

Some Restaurant Reviews

HOW TO SELL WINE.
Info For Brokers and
Wine Distributors.

HOW TO HOLD A TRADE TASTING

$100,000 WORTH OF WINE MARKETING ADVICE:  FREE!
Mainly for Foreign Vintners

MOLDY CORKS

Study Reveals Experts Taste More Than What's In the Glass!

OKANAGAN VALLEY WINE TOUR-2010

BRIAN'S 2005 SUMMER VACATION WITH UNCLE

Gerald's Tour de France 2006

GERALD'S TOUR DE FRANCE 2008

A TOUR OF PORTUGAL-2009

HOW TO SPEAK BETTER ITALIAN

PEDRONCELLI
90th ANNIVERSARY

PONZI'S 40th
ANNIVERSARY

VINITALY

ROOSEVELT'S 2005 CHILI COOK-OFF

ROOSEVELT'S 2007 CHILI COOK-OFF

Grape Goddess

Ross Bruce Birthday

ALESSIA DALL'U

FRANCESCA & CAROLA
CALLIGARO


CCIV

FAQs

BURLINGAME

Links

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018  Page 2


Someone in City Hall rolled out the Welcome Mat for the Judging
and Anthony Dias Blue!

The Hotel Nikko makes sure the judges are well taken care of.

On the second day of the tastings, we bring some "props" and the judges engage in a moment of tomfoolery at my behest.

Still, the judging is serious business.


Charles, Drake and Dana


Francisco, Stacie and Steve


Tim, Traci and Michael


Nick, Sara and Michael


Scott, Tonya and Joe


Toshio, Valery and George


Tim, Orietta and Chris

 


Tim, Kimberly and Ian

 


Brian, Gerald, Liz and Nick

 

 


Rowald, Jim and Bob

 


Luboö, Kate, Bethany and Andy

 


Jim, Wendy and Robert

 


Pat, Ziggy and Jordan

 


Phil, Mark and Michael

 


Mahala, Chris, Rachel and Ron


Jim, Nicole, John and Dottie


Ryan, Erin, Sean and Eduardo

 


Jim, Gerald and Mike


A Big THANK YOU to the folks who took such good care of us this year:
Joe Johnson, Alex Creese, Ashley Dunning and Kathy Spangler

 

Once we wrap up our numerous flights, I open some interesting beer to toast the Volunteers who made our tastings possible.

This year we enjoyed Blackberry Farms "Boundary Tree" Farmhouse Ale from Tennessee.

 


One of the gals made note of the beer as she had friends vacationing in Tennessee.
She sent them a snapshot of the bottle...and, you can't make this stuff up, her friends responded with a photo of their own:
They were at Blackberry Farms and drinking one of the artisan beers brewed there!


They sent a photo!


Meanwhile, outside the judging rooms, there was a professional photographer taking a shot.

I took my own snapshot...

We had a few more wines to taste as there are "Super-Tastings" to pick one or two of the top Double Gold medal winners of a particular category.

These were Brut Rosť sparklers.

And then there were some Petite Sirahs.


We wrapped up the day in the late afternoon and then went out on the town with some fellow judges...

And then Monday morning we were back at it for the Sweepstakes Tasting.

The crew was busy early Monday morning setting up the room for the Sweepstakes Tasting.
We found numerous glasses before us, the first being Sparkling Wines.


The judges found a seat and prepared for the "taste off."

Luboö BŠrta said "I'm always ready to Czech out new wines."


"Sono pronta per iniziare questo deguastazione!" said Orietta Gianjorio.

 


The famous Noir Somm, Tonya Pitts


Timmy Skyscraper.


Rowald and Jim

 


Dr. Valery Uhl


Jim Blumling


Dr. Liz Thach

 


George Skorka



And then Andy runs the show, asking people to taste various wines and vote for their pick as "the best."


And soon the votes are cast and tabulated.



There are several of the crew counting the votes.

They only count this guy's vote once.



When we have two or three finalists in a category, only one is awarded the title of "Best (pick a type)" so we move the runners-up for the crew to collect glasses of those that didn't quite make the cut.


Steve and Barbara are two of the top volunteers and they've been doing this for decades!

 

Once we've run through one set and crowned the winners, the judges shuffle out the door to allow the crew to replace the glasses with another set of wines.

And so we snapped a few more photos while waiting for the next round of wines.

Ron and Rachel


Riesling and Blaufršnkisch

 




1WineDude and 1OldPro


Rowald was surprised to hear Tonya speaking German.
"I can say Kabinett and Auslese with the best of them!" she told us.

 

Here's a rarity...

...he's not taking a Selfie!

 

And so then we were called back to taste the next round of wines.

 


"Let's get rolling!"



And soon we ran through those reds and adjourned for the crew to set up the rest of the red wines and then some sweet wines.

 

And then we're back at it.

A couple of staffers sat down at seats vacated by judges who had to dash off to catch a plane...

Janine, we discovered, has excellent taste!

So does Barbara.

Once the votes are tallied and the "Bests" are crowned King of their Respective Hills, some of the volunteers are singled out for recognition.


Mister Wizard has been a volunteer since before the advent of the transistor radio, for example.

Maddee McDowell was singled out for her efforts in keeping this train on the rails.


And then the judges "all rise" and we applaud the volunteers for their amazing efforts to pull off such an event.

 

2018 PREMIUM AWARDS

THE TASTING PANEL MAGAZINE WINERY OF THE YEAR: Jeff Runquist Wines, Plymouth, CA

ANDR… TCHELISTCHEFF WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR: BenoÓt Gouez, MoŽt & Chandon

PORTFOLIO OF THE YEAR AWARD: Kobrand Wine & Spirits

 

BEST IN SHOW

BEST IN SHOW RED, BEST SYRAH

V. Sattui Winery 2015 Syrah, Napa Valley, USA

BEST IN SHOW WHITE, BEST RIESLING

Winemaking Tasmania 2018 Artisan Riesling, Tasmania, Australia

BEST IN SHOW SPARKLING, BEST BLANC DE NOIR

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards NV Blanc de Noir, Carneros, USA

BEST IN SHOW DESSERT WINE, BEST ICE WINE

Inniskillin Niagara Estate 2017 Riesling Ice Wine, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

 

BEST OF NATION

ARGENTINA: Topografia

AUSTRALIA: Heirloom Vineyards

BULGARIA: Edoardo Miroglio

CANADA: Inniskillin

CHILE: Santa Rita

CZECH REPUBLIC: Vinnť Sklepy LechoviceŪ

FRANCE: MoŽt & Chandon

ITALY: Fattoria La Vialla

JAPAN: DASSAI

NEW ZEALAND: Marisco Vineyards

PORTUGAL: Casa Ermelinda Freitas 

SLOVAKIA: Ostroěovič

SOUTH AFRICA: Backsberg Estate Cellars

SPAIN: Bodegas Ysios

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 RESULTS PAGE

 


And with that we removed the lab jacket and hope to see everyone back in 2019!

 



And a big thanks for inviting me!

BACK TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE OF THE 2018 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION JUDGE

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL SFIWC WEB SITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

winepour.gif (12696 bytes)

Wine Tasting Today

TO INQUIRE ABOUT A WINE:  gerald@weimax.com
 
Copyright © 1999    WEIMAX   June 12, 2021