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San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017 Page 2


Saturday morning the judges gather in the morning to prepare for a day full of tastings.




Rachel & Ron were ready right from the start.


Tim McDonald was ready from the get-go!

 


The judges had their hands full on this Saturday.

In no particular order....here are some Saturday photos...

 

PANEL  P


Nick Ponomareff, Kimberly Charles and Tim Marson.

 

PANEL I
George Skorka, Valery Uhl, Dana Farner and Tim McNally


Dana Farner, stylin'!


George Skorka and Dr. Valery.
His manicure earlier in the day was a good one.


Hard to see Tim McNally's Saturday morning manicure.

 


PANEL L

Tim, Jim, Kristina and Kevin


Tim:  "I heard it through the grapevine..."


Kevin Vogt

 

 

PANEL M

Chris Sommyer, Michele La Cravatta (his mafia name) and Lars 


PANEL Q

Michael, Rachel and Mark
In a race to finish tasting, they're all "tied."

 


PANEL J

Fred, Heidi and Ted

 

 


Heidi Peterson Barrett has a good hand with Cabernet Sauvignon...

She likes her Cabernets with just a kiss of oak.

 

 

PANEL A


Bill, Tim and Ziggy...a well-lit tasting panel!


PANEL D...

Drake, Izzo, Tony Soprano and Shelley


Two-Fisted Steve Izzo


Drake McCarthy


Don Carlo Mara


Shelley is said to be A-OK with everybody!

 

PANEL N


Panel N--Cassandra, Sean and Dan

 

PANEL E


Eduardo, Jim, Wendy and Rowald

 

 

 


Mrs. Jones saw all the two-legged creatures putting on costume ties and such so she insisted on wearing a tie.


PANEL F

Brian, Mrs. Jones, Ian and Jeffrey

 


Jeffrey Stivers

 


Mrs. Jones doesn't seem nearly as traumatized as her Mr. Blackburn.


"No, I'm good," she told us.


Brian Baker, meanwhile, mentioned he had his hands full.

 

PANEL H

Ron, Sarah, Traci and Wilfred


PANEL B

Phil, Tonya, Andy and Gillian

 

PANEL K

Leslie, Ron and Stacie

 


Now that's The Hosemaster!

 

PANEL G

Three Dudes...Michael, Joe and Jim

All hell broke loose when Dottie showed up...

 

PANEL O

Gerald, Virginie, Liz and Jim

 

We were still tasting...

Identity crisis, apparently.

A big THANK YOU To the Volunteers for our tasters, Panel O.
That's either the letter "O" or the number Zero.

Thanks to
Mike Totah, Lynn Turner, Arlo Lobascio and Mari Paul.

It's remarkable that Lynn can handle washing all those wine glasses with such hands!

Others were still tasting deep into Saturday afternoon.

 

Cassandra is as proficient as the two old-timers!

You can tell what Kimberly is thinking:

"I've got my eye on you!"

Hugo said he'd like a sniff and a taste.

George brought out his tastevin.

One of our favorite Volunteers was befuddled by the results of a flight apparently.

Duncan seems equally perplexed.


Some Random Snapshots...

I routinely bring some beer to celebrate finishing our assigned flights.
We gather the Volunteers together and raise a glass!

We're not sure what occurred at this table, but it doesn't look good.


Dan Berger said "This wine tastes funny.  I guess it was made by clowns."


Spitting Stamps of Kevin and Tim.

Meanwhile, over on Chestnut Street in The City...


Lady Judges on TV

 

Down in Dogpatch there was a building with Tim McDonald showing off the latest acquisition to his 
collection of PEZ dispensers.

Esquire magazine did a Piece on The Hosemaster of Wine, Ron Washbag.

This coincided with the wine competition...

Not to be outdone, Vogue Magazine had an article about Liz and Rachel...



Nick Ponomareff was profiled in a new publication, Wine Geeks Monthly...

 

Dan Berger made the cover of a French publication as it's been rumored he'll be in the starring role of the next Superman movie.

Who knew Superman wears glasses?

 

Some people attended a screening  at the Alamo Drafthouse of a new film about wine.

Joe Roberts was describing his ideas of wine-tasting techniques.



As there can be numerous "Double Golds" that have been entered into the Sweepstakes Tasting on Sunday, some special panels are asked to taste through various selections and pick the best or top two in a category.

This is helpful as otherwise we might have 150 wines to evaluate on Sunday...


Hugo and Mrs. Jones held a discussion about a flight of wines.


It appears as though Linda is questioning how this wine got a Double Gold...


Dan Opperman, one of the old-timer Volunteers

And so by now the number of entries into Sunday's "Best Of the Best" tasting is a bit more manageable.



With that, many of the judges get a bit of rest before heading out on the town.

 

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Sunday morning the judges convene to determine the best of the best.

There was much work to do.

Sparkling wines and whites...

The judges selected a place to sit and soon we were busy.

As we taste the wine, Andy asks the judges to vote on wines they think are the best.


Several volunteers tabulate the votes.

Once that flight is completed, we step outside for the tables to be reset.

And then it's back to work!

 

 

And the winners are...


And then the volunteers took care of clearing the tables...


HERE'S A LINK TO THE OVERVIEW PAGE OF THE 2017 RESULTS

Click around that page for the entire list of winners.

AN ARTICLE BY AUSTRALIAN WINE WRITER (AND JUDGE) JIM McMAHON

 

 

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