Saturday, March 21, 2015
Kensington Park Hotel
450 Post St.~Union Square
San Francisco, CA 94102
Noon: VIP Winemakers Panels
1:30: Cabernet Shootout Challenge and walk around tasting with nibbles3:30 Awards ceremony and raffle
4:00 Event ends
A cash bar will remain open after the awards presentation for those who want to linger.
PIT YOUR PALATE AGAINST THE PROS
Each year Cabernet fans in the Bay Area can indulge their passion which has been rescheduled for the end of March in a convenient historic setting. 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 wine makers, writers, retailers, educators, and consultants to judge the Cabernet Shootout among artisan Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet blends from over 40 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 event.
tThe Cab Challenge afternoon begins with several roundtable discussions with winwinemakers who will present the nature and nurture of crafting their top Cab. They will cover:
~HOW PLACE AFFECTS TASTE: How much does terroir play a role in the crafting of Cabernet versus winemaking techniques. The panels will concentrate on how site influences a winemaker moving from vineyard to fermentation, touching on appellation and specific geographical location, clone preference, vine management, pick date effected by weather, influence of marketing, and the like. ~THE WINEMAKERS SIGNATURE: the stylistic choices in the winemaking process--the winemaker's personal decisions, focusing on such specifics as yeasts, whether to go with whole cluster fermentation temperature and tanks, alcohol content, punch downs vs. pup-overs, barrel age, skin contact time, bottling date and related topics.
After the optional VIP workshops the finalists can be evaluated in a blind tasting by the attendees. Each Cab enthusiast can choose their favorites in a flight of 16 Cabs containing five of the top 10 wines chosen by the panelists.
In this special 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 boutique producers from appellations located throughout the West Coast including varietals other than Cabernets. Participating wineries will be selling their wines for take away.
We will also be raffling off bottles of killer Cabs from the participating wineries to raise funds for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.sAnd since we are expecting 25+ wineries to pour in the walk around tasting, and no more than 300 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.