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On Friday evening, the judges gather atop the Hotel Nikko for some conviviality and dinner...

 


Mr. & Ms. Janet Dyer.

 


Mr. & Ms. Rebecca Chapstick.


Simon & Garfunkel?
Chad & Jeremy?
Nope...William and Charles, half of a barbershop quartet.


The Ponomareffs...


A Highly-Rated Wine Expert...with her (Andy) blue necklace...


Tim Skyscraper.


Izzy or Ain't He?


Ann Littlefield and Debbie Zachareas


Mark Bowery and John Cunin

 


Ellen & Ken Landis with Dr. Valery Uhl


Jim McMahon tells Jim Trezise that he's more a fan of the West End Redbacks and not a fancier of the Yankees or Mets, much to Mister New York's surprise.


As one can see, Chandler is decked out in the obligatory color of this event:
ANDY BLUE Blue.

Two other fellows show off a similar taste in sartorial splendor.



A Prince of Pinot chats with the Master of Cabernet...


Two wine sales gals...one sells bottles and the other sells words.



Okay...time to sit down and dine...

Naturally, we had a few surprises in our cellar bag...




George Skorka, dapper as usual.


Salad and Soalheiro Alvarinho.

We brought out a Mystery Red...

Rosina Tinari Wilson's guess came closest to the mark...

...others merely had the right planet and correct color.


Quail's Gate reserve Marechal Foch.


This Bandol from 2007 was stellar.


Bob Silverstein and Hosemaster of Wine Ron Washam.


Dessert...nice!

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At one point we had to pose for the group photo of judges...


The volunteers, who make this whole event possible, then had their group photo...

Here's the crew that took great care of my group, Panel L

Mary Paul, group coordinator Mahala Bundy and Zach Salin.

Thanks so much!!!


At the end of tasting the 280, or so wines in 20-something flights over the course of a couple of days, I always bring a little treat to celebrate the completion of our arduous task.

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Then, to tie up all the loose ends, on Sunday we have the Sweepstakes tasting.


Anthony Dias Blue takes his place and leads the way as we taste through more than 100 of the Double Gold Medal winning wines.
A Double Gold is awarded when all three or four judges on a panel assess a wine as worthy of a gold medal.  From there, they can ask that a Double Gold winner be launched into the sweepstakes tasting for "Best of Show" consideration.

If there are, say, a handful of wines from a particular category in the Sweepstakes tasting, Andy asks the judges to taste and pick the best one of that type for the overall Best of Show award.

 





 



WILFRED:   "Wait!  Can I change my vote from the previous wine...so down one on #67 and then add one to #68.  Can I change, please?"

WISE GUY IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM:  "Wilfred, you know, for just a Nickel more, you can have them both!"

 

 


It's rare to find Andy or Rebecca to be tongue-tied, but here they are, apparently, sending each other text messages.


Don't Ask Me How I Know That...

 

 


Jim McMahon, Ann Littlefield & Jim Trezise


Bev-Mo, Larry & Curly.
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

 



Two Wongs Making a Right.


    Jeffery speaks fluent French, as it turns out:
 "J'ai oublié le nom du lieu, le nom de la fille, mais le vin ... était du Chambertin."
So, he doesn't remember the name of the place or the girl, but the wine was a Chambertin.
"You gots to have your priorities." said Monsieur Stivers.


A Sipping Image of Tim McDonald






We have the winners...


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ROSTER OF MEDAL WINNERS

Apparently the results are known, far & wide...

 

And it's ironic that as we departed from the Hotel Nikko on Sunday, a message board flashed the upcoming performance of a singer whose program is titled "Blue Champagne."
Man!  That Andy Blue has connections!!!

 






Thanks for inviting me to participate again!
Thanks to the volunteers for volunteering and their Herculean efforts...
And thanks to the judges for being such good sports.



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