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
One of the gals made note of the beer as she had friends vacationing in
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
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
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
The famous Noir Somm, Tonya Pitts
Rowald and Jim
Dr. Valery Uhl
Dr. Liz Thach
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
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
"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
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.