Saturday, March 21, 2015
1925 Ballroom~Elks Lodge #3
Kensington Park Hotel
450 Post St.~Union Square
San Francisco, CA 94102
Noon-1:30: VIP Winemakers Panel
1:00: Cabernet Shootout Challenge blind tasting begins
1:30 Walk around tasting with nibbles begins
3:30 Awards ceremony and raffle drawing/wine sales
4:00 Event ends
PIT YOUR PALATE AGAINST THE PROS
Each year Cabernet fans in the Bay Area have a special opportunity to indulge their vinous passion! Moved to the end of March in an historic and convenient Union Square setting, you can enjoy this unique experience without the crowd crush of the mega tastings or driving long distances for Passport weekends
Over a number of weeks, Affairs of the Vine convenes a select panel of 40 winemakers, writers, retailers, educators, and consultants to judge the Cabernet Shootout among artisan Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet blends from over 35 different viticultural areas. Without regard to price, vintage or region, this group of experts moves 64 wines to the final round selecting 32 "best of the best." An array of finalists are then tasted blind and evaluated by wine lovers at the March 21st event.
The afternoon begins with a VIP panel of winemakers who will present the nature and nurture that go into the making of their top Cab, with time for questions and observations from the audience. Moderated by wine guru Wilfred Wong, Chief Storyteller of wine.com,
Local wine guru Wilfred Wong, Chief Storyteller at wine.com will be moderating. The winemakers addressing those with VIP tickets are:
Steve Meyer of Pend d’Orielle, Idaho
The session will cover:
~HOW PLACE AFFECTS TASTE: How much does terroir play a role in the crafting of Cabernet. The panel will concentrate on how site influences a winemaker moving from vineyard to fermentation, touching on appellation and specific geographical location, vine management, pick date effected by weather,, and the like. ~THE WINEMAKER'S SIGNATURE: the stylistic choices in the winemaking process--the winemaker's personal decisions, tempered by marketing considerations, about which techniques to use to achieve a particular taste profile.
After the optional VIP workshop, the finalists can be evaluated in a blind tasting. Each Cab enthusiast can choose their favorites in one of two flights of 16.
In this variation of a Pro/Am competition, the results of the professionals' Cab Shootout will then be compared to the tally of the 'amateurs' Cab Challenge, both tabulated separately by gender.
This distinctly different format provides a special opportunity to compare your favorites of this taste-off to those of the 'tastemakers' in the wine industry. It also allows participants to sample and rate very limited production rising star wines.
During the afternoon, attendees will also be able to mingle and meet with a number of the vintners from the wineries that participated in the Cabernet Shootout in an open walk around tasting accompanied by various nibbles.
Sample wines from a mix of small lot producers from an array of appellations lincluding varietals other than Cabernets. Participating wineries will be selling their wines for take away.
Taste releases from such producers as: Ackerman Family Vineyards, Bouchaine Vineyards, Cameron Hughes, Campana Ranch Wines, Claar Wine Group, Concrete Wine Co., Deerfield Ranch Winery, Field Stone Winery, Hovey, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, J Rickards Winery, Nottingham Cellars, Okapi Wines, Pend d'Orielle Winery, Peterson Winery, Rocca Family Vineyards, Robert+Rogers, Timark Wines, Vina Santa Catalina.
We will also be raffling off bottles of killer Cabs from the participating wineries to raise funds for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area. And since we are expecting 20+ wineries to pour in the walk around tasting, and no more than 350 tickets will be sold, the odds are quite good that you can walk away with a superb bottle of vino.
TRANSIT & PARKING: Three blocks away from BART and Muni Metro, and near numerous garages.
When & Where
Bay Area Wine Society/wine.coop/PAIRINGS
PAIRINGS offers similar services to assist other organizations with fundraising.