1178 Broadway -- Burlingame, California 94010
Telephone 650-343-0182



HOURS:
Monday 9-7 Tuesday-Saturday 9-7:30
Closed Sundays.




Inquire About A Wine--Gerald at Weimax.com


Please check our Home-Page for Shipping Info.


Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Sporadic Emails

For Email Marketing you can trust

 

SUSSUDIO ???

FLORAL ALBARIÑO

SARDINIAN WHITE

BOONTLING PINOT

NEW SONOMA RHONE-ISTE OF NOTE

REMARKABLE PINOT

LAKE COUNTY ZIN

STELLAR NEW ARTISAN RIOJA

OSTATU BLANCO

GREAT GRUNER VELTLITER $13.99

NICE LITTLE PINOT $9.99

STONY RIESLING

BLAYE ME!
$14.99

NEW MADIRAN
$14.99

DRY MUSCAT
FROM AOSTA

I'M OKAY
YOUR RUCHE

"TEXTBOOK" CHARDONNAY

RIOJA BARGAIN

PRETTY PETTY SARAH

FORAGING FOR PINOT NOIR

MARSELAN...A HYBRID OF CABERNET & GRENACHE

CLASSIC MACON $13.99

CRISP MOUNTAIN WHITE

BEST BUYS
Good Wines for $5-$15

CASTELÃO BARGAIN

STELLAR BLAUFRÄNKISCH ESTATE

CAMPANIAN DELIGHTS

COLORFUL ZIN

23 TO BUY 25 REASONS

FIE, FY, FO, FUM

ROMORANTIN

DOURO DYNAMITE

PORTUGUESE RED BARGAIN

BARGAIN ZWEIGELT

GRAND SYRAH FROM AN UNUSUAL PLACE

SERIOUSLY FINE KIWI SAUVIGNON BLANC
$21.99

SPICY AGLIANICO

WHITE BURGUNDIES OF NOTE

MARSANNE BARGAIN

CHERRYISH TUSCAN RED SALE $10.99

2013 TAVEL ROSE

DRY NEW YORK RIESLING

PROSECCO FOR ADULTS

UNUSUAL ROSSO FROM THE COLLINE NOVARESI

BILLIONAIRE'S WINES UNDER $30!

BARGAIN WHITE BORDEAUX

PIERCINGLY GOOD
WHITE

TOP OF THE LINE
CREMANT

ANOTHER RULLY GOOD WHITE

UNIQUE BUBBLY DESSERT WINE

RESERVE QUALITY RIOJA

LA INA SHERRY

BARBERA OF NOTE

LETTUCE SHOW YOU A GOOD PINOT NOIR

NEW, ARTISAN PINOT NOIR

SUPER VERONESE SALE $12.99

PIEMONTE'S GRAND VIN BIANCO?

WHITE BURGUNDY OF NOTE

GAMAY FROM THE FRENCH ALPS

DELICIOUS, FRESH ROSÉS

GREAT GRUNER VELTLINER

GOOD ELEVEN-BUCK CHIANTI

FLOWERY, CURIOUS RED

OLD FAVORITE KIWI SAUVIGNON IS BACK

OLD PATCH RED
ZIN BLEND

MONCUIT'S GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE

HONEYED MUSCAT

SPICY 
GEWÜRZTRAMINER

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

ROSÉS !!

FRENCH WINES
ALSACE
BEAUJOLAIS
RED BORDEAUX
WHITE BORDEAUX
RED BURGUNDY
WHITE BURGUNDY
RHÔNE VALLEY
THE FRENCH ALPS
SOUTH OF FRANCE

LOIRE


CHAMPAGNE

 

ITALIAN WINES
PIEMONTE

VALLE D'AOSTA

NORTHERN ITALY

CENTRAL ITALIA

TUSCANY

SOUTHERN ITALIA


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
VERTICAL


ALBA WINES EXHIBITION 2007

ALBA WINES EXHIBITION 2008

SCHRAMSBERG vs THE FAMOUS FRENCH

German Wine "Master Class" Tasting

S & M FOR WINETASTING GEEKS

TEAR-WAH
TASTING

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

PONZI'S 40th
ANNIVERSARY

ROOSEVELT'S 2005 CHILI COOK-OFF

ROOSEVELT'S 2007 CHILI COOK-OFF

Grape Goddess

Ross Bruce Birthday

ALESSIA DALL'U

CCIV

FAQs

BURLINGAME

Links

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION 2011



PHOTOS, NOTES AND ATTEMPTS AT HUMOR
By
GERALD WEISL



On a warm sunny morning in June of 2011, wine experts from around the world gathered at San Francisco's Hotel Nikko for the San Francisco International Wine Competition judging.

 


This was the 31st edition of this prestigious event and it's an honor to be invited to rub elbows with such an esteemed panel of tasters.


We were all a bit surprised to see there was another major event coinciding with our tasting at the same venue...



So while our various panels of medal-awarding judges were looking for a pot of gold, the folks upstairs from us were merely looking for the pot.
Yes, our mission was to weed out the bronze medal wines from the silvers from the golds and Double Golds...And there were numerous panels ready to hash out the results.

In keeping with this theme, our fearless leader, Anthony Dias Blue, told the judges that the number of wines entered was at "an all time high."


And the clip-board toting Chandler Moore told us that the entries "flooded the joint" as they flowed in over the previous couple of weeks.

Everybody, it seems, is a comedian.

 

And so, with that, we gathered with our various panel members to collectively sniff, sip and spit our way through several hundred wines in search of medal-deserving wines.
You might say the search for Double Gold medal winners is a joint effort, as all the judges on a panel must award a gold for a wine to be so honored.
I'm certain long time readers of this "blog" (of sorts) have long thought these photo essays were going to pot.  This year, though, we have an excuse.




My panel was comprised of a couple of Southern Hemisphere luminaries...
---PANEL L---
(As in "Get the 'L outta here!")


Jim Harre


Jim and his wife Wendy run The Gates, a small resort featuring swimming, tennis, hiking and, of course, food and wine.

Jim is a brilliant and skilled taster.  His grandfather, father and brother were all winemakers and Jim studied winemaking and grape-growing in Hawke's Bay's Eastern Institute of Technology.  He's involved in wine judgings around the planet and has the wrists to prove it.

 

My other panel mate this year was the esteemed Ronald Brown.



Ron is quite a Maverick...



Actually, he's not a gunslinger, but a wine slinger...
Ron is a co-proprietor and winemaker at Australia's Maverick Wines, 
making him the Baron of Barossa.

He also has his name associated with The Japan Wine Challenge...


Gerald Weisl, student of wine.



PANEL N

The irrepressible Debbie Zachareas, who's known to some as
THE FERRY GAWD (or "Oh My Gawd!") MOTHER, 

assures that we have things covered from "A" as in Andy to "Z".


Jeffery Stivers, famous Los Angeles sommelier, had been briefly affiliated with some big, fat Greek place.  These days Stivers-san is demonstrating his black belt-proficiency in wine pairings at the Los Angeles restaurant of chef Niki Nakayama...

San Francisco wine
June Andy Blue's Judging
Double Gold Medal 

 


Brian Baker hangs out in places where the locals speak Spanish...he was sighted recently in Ensenada, Pamplona and, of course, in Calistoga, California.  
Being a fan of gravity (and always obeying its law), Brian is an avid sky-diver.  

That's Brian wearing the shower cap and his Depends underwear with a 'checked' suitcase of Chateau Montelena Cabernet 'trailing' he and his son Trevor as they head for home.
Brian's wife Linda has asked why they can't simply take the bus "like normal people."????

Well, at least he brought his high-flying act to San Francisco!


 

PANEL M


Ron Washam is The Class Clown at this wine judging weekend.  His IQ usually mirrors the number on a price tag of bottles of reserve wines on Napa Valley Cabernets before the downturn in the economy.
He's got more theories than Einstein...

Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended into the finest Italian wines in order to make them understandable to stupid American wine buyers. It almost never makes them better.
The best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs can remove your pet’s carpet accidents.
What are we looking for when we taste a Chardonnay? Me, I’m looking for an excuse not to like it. I’m Simon Cowell and every Chardonnay is a contestant on “American Idol.” I’m a Republican and every Chardonnay is a National Health Care plan. I’m Donald Trump and every Chardonnay is a hair stylist. Everyone tries not to like Chardonnay, but it’s still wildly popular. Like airport security.

Ron is aware of the UC Davis 20 Point Scoring system we're told, but these days he can only count as high as 18.

 

Also on Panel M is the Mara-thong Man, Charles Mara. 

Mr. Mara heads up The Mara Wine Group.

We believe he's a fan of various sports teams in The Empire State.
 


Drake McCarthy was also on this illustrious panel.

Our Man Drake traded in his diamonds a few years ago for gold...


This may explain why Mr. Mara is often heard exclaiming "You da Man, Drake!" as the panel racks up another double gold.
Or not.

Today Drake works with an especially impressive line-up of Spanish wines, though he dabbles in French, Italian and others...but he doesn't often toot his own horn...

...or does he?


PANEL  I


Michael Hantman is the president of "Wine Phone."

Mr. Hantman asked Andy "What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?"
Mr. Blue replied "Actually, this weekend it's all about the medals."

 


Piedmont's Dr. Bill McNabb is well known for spreading the enological gospel.
He doesn't merely write "tasting notes..."  They're more like epistles!
Bill wondered if some of the vintners were truly ordained as winemakers.

Leading the panel was Dr. Valery Uhl.

She's probably the wine judge who's most "in demand."  Valery has tasted at the Japan Wine Challenge, the California State Fair, the Amador County Fair, the Central Coast Wine Competition, the El Dorado County Fair Wine Competition, the West Coast Wine Competition and immediately following this weekend's events, she's off to The Badger State for the Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition...this taking place where the official state beverage is milk and the official state dance is the polka.

Here's a photo of Hokey-Polka-wine tasters....

...Dr. Valery and Michael Hantman.




PANEL K


There are many Parkers in the world of wine.
Here's the best...
Deborah Parker Wong.
She's been quoted as saying 
"To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach. To judge wine, taste."


Jim McMahon is a globe-trotting Australian wine judge who's been a fixture at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
He knows all of Australia's wine regions (and their rituals!) and he wrote the book...



Captain Nick Ponomareff of the California Grapevine chaired this esteemed panel.

Nick's wine letter, the California Grapevine, is a treasure trove of wine tasting results.  It's been around forever, making Cap'n Ponomareff officially an "old timer."

By the way, I snuck a peek at Mr. McMahon's "Wine Critic's Took Box..."



PANEL J


Ann Littlefield was in fine form, as usual.   
These days Ann works as a free lance marketing consultant.
Her Mom routinely checks for Ann Littlefield sightings on the internet, so
"Hi Mom!"

Another sunny member of this panel is Rosina Tinari Wilson.

 Rosina also has a nice little wine judging video (which didn't escape notice)


 


Jerry Cooper is a Swirl-Master.


Leading this panel is Jim Trezise...

Jim is Mister Riesling and Mister New York...


Meanwhile, the Cha-Chas were all a Twitter...

 

 

PANEL H


Mendel Kohn is a proponent of the locally-popular "Fear The Beard" philosophies...
 
He also plays hardball when tasting wines...


Another Mendel Kohn...

Mendel's All Star panel included the West Coast Wine Tasting Veteran Jane Rate.

 


Steve Bell works for the Charles Krug winery in St. Helena.

Steve often chimed in with his review of the various wines, giving gold medal notations to those most appealing.



PANEL F


Katie Ballou Calhoun managed Panel F.

Katie is a great communicator and spends her days getting the word out.


Bill William Bloxsome-Carter was amused by one of the funnier-tasting wines.
Bill William is the executive chef at the Playboy Mansion in Southern California, making him "Hef's Chef."
William keeps a pin-up calendar in the kitchen...


Yes...this month you won't find Miss June, but another of Mr. Hefner's favorites...

Also tasting with Katie is Double T...

Timmy "Skyscraper" Teichgraeber is a legal-beagle most of the week, but unleashes his passion for wine on a regular basis.

Tim is also a Modern Wine blogger...

I'm certain I heard someone say "Ellen Landis Shore has a good palate."

Ellen has an interesting blog, illustrating she's a major league wine geek...


She and her husband run a spiffy Bed & Breakfast in Half Moon Bay out on the coast...



Meanwhile, I was not the only one attempting to take some snapshots during the judging...


Wilfred even had color film in the camera this time!

Rosina was using Black & White.

 

PANEL C


Mark Bowery chaired Panel C, The Bowery Boys.

Steve Izzo of Waterbar was also on the panel.



Mark and Steve were lucky to have The Mad Hungarian on their panel...

The inimitable George Skorka.

 


What panel other than Panel B (as in BLUE) has their own license plate?

ANTHONY DIAS BLUE,
Our Leader

Someone asked Andy about his finest hour...and we found this timeless masterpiece...

 

Ziggly Eschliman was on Andy's panel...


Ziggy can be heard on Sonoma radio...


She's a rock-star-of-a-wine-guru!

 


Famous New Zealand wine pioneer Kate Radburnd from The Wine Institute of New Zealand, the Eastern Institute of Technology and the Institute of CJ Pask.

Kate is truly a living legend in the New Zealand wine world and she recently won the  prestigious Sir George Fistonich Medal.

Also on this All-Star Panel is Tim McDonald...


Another year with a spitting image of Old McDonald.

 

PANEL D


Master Sommelier Kevin Vogt always hopes to find wines with a sense of place.
His favorite would be "first place" and the not-so-hot entry would be "last place."
Kevin was able to easily terroirize his fellow panel members.

One of those who's not easily terroirized is Ron Siragusa...

Ron is the wine director at Kuleto's in San Francisco and the Bar Norcini next door.
After many years of Berlitz classes, Ron has lost his New York accent.


Janet Dyer is a mainstay at the San Francisco International judging.
The hardest working woman in the wine business lives in The City and she managed to keep her three other panel members under control.


Wilfred raised a glass in honor of his beloved San Francisco Giants.
Despite the team batting average under .240, Wilfred still gives them a 90+ rating, noting their subtle start in the first few innings and their strong finish in the 8th and 9th.
The clean-shaven Wong does "fear the beard."
 He's a big fan of MadBum, Pat The Bat, The Freak and Huff Daddy.
The Giants refer to him as "Wil The Thril."


 

 

PANEL A


The Vine Guy, Scott Greenberg, is one of the swifter judges at this wine event.

Scott is one of the w-TOP tasters and his presence on Panel A was, according to Anthony Dias Blue, "Insurance."


Greg Walter is the editor and taster of The Pinot Report, a newsletter for Pinot fanatics.

Greg is a west coast guy, having grown up in San Mateo, attended San Diego State University and now resides in Sonoma...


Gary Blackwell is the Dharma Warrior of the tasting's judges.


John Cunin is a fan of good wine as well as the noted wine connoisseur, President Teddy Roosevelt (who said
“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better." -- was Roosevelt, we wonder, referring to some of today's wine critics?).

John is with the Patina Restaurant Group and works as their Service Director.
Captain Cunin chaired Panel A.



PANEL E


The famed Epicurean Traveling Wine Palate, Scott Clemens, joined the fun this year.

Scott is an avid reader and appreciates the words of another Clemens, Samuel, who wrote 
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right."

 


Michael Feil, famous wine caddy at the Westchester Country Club in New York.
Here he's clearly in the pink...
He showed off some new golf balls they're using on the links in Rye...

Mr. Feil has especially good wine-tasting fore-sight and is adept at picking out the aces and eliminating the bogeys.



Kimberly Charles (K-C-Brulee to her friends) is fluent in French, Italian and Wine-Speak.
(What would one expect from a communicator?)

She also has earned a degree in Single Malt Scotch as well as having a Black Belt in Wine Tasting.


Rebecca Chapa is the judging's top singer (her guitar is under the table).
She manages Tannin...

 

 

 

 


PANEL G


Jeff Anderson opens lots of bottles for thirsty patrons at the Gary Danko restaurant in The City.

Not too many people know Jeff is a comedian...
Here's an example of his hilarity...

Also on this panel is Katherine Cole.

Katherine writes for Portland's newspaper...

Her wine columns are thoroughly professional and she's well worth reading...
Here's a book she's written concerning biodynamic wine growers...


Anchoring Panel G was Robert Silverstein.

Bob is quite capable of multi-tasking, as we noticed here.

 


"...let's see:  a four letter word for a top medal winning wine..."

 

ON TO THE NEXT PAGE



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



winepour.gif (12696 bytes)Wine Tasting Today

TO INQUIRE ABOUT A WINE:  
Copyright © 1999 WEIMAX October 18,  2014