We’ll venture together into the judging room where the secret stuff happens. Later, I’ll show you how you can score half-price tix for the upcoming March 21st public tasting ~ the Cabernet Challenge.
Ready for a day of Cabernet? Great! Jump in the ‘vertible, and we’ll head to San Francisco for the final stage of judging in the Cabernet Shootout.
I’ve saved you a seat at the judging table, where we’ll join our Fearless Leader, “Wine Evangelist” Barbara Drady of Affairs of the Vine, and her mega-panel of several dozen highly experienced wine judges.We’ll divide into two teams, with each tasting 32 wines in the Cab family: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet blends.
They’re the “best of the best” from our many preliminary rounds, and we consider it a privilege to taste wines of this caliber.
As always, we’ll taste only 32 wines (in 4 “flights” of 8 wines each), to allow time for writing detailed notes and to avoid palate fatigue. We taste the wines blind, of course (each bottle only has a code, such as “2-6” for Wine #6 in Flight #2), and we taste silently.After each flight, Barb and her assistants collect our scoresheets. Barb then tabulates our results, and the 40 or so top-scoring wines move on to the Cabernet Challenge on March 21.
Here, the wine-loving public will be able to blind-taste these “best of the best of the best” Cabs, cast votes for their own favorites, and pit their palates against the pros.And here’s the best part: Barb is offering a special, half-price “Friends Discount” for the Cabernet Challenge.
In addition to the walk-around blind tasting, the Cabernet Challenge also includes a winemakers seminar, raffle, awards ceremony, wine sales and of course food.
It’s happening next Saturday, March 21, from noon to 4:00 PM, in the Ballroom at San Francisco’s Kensington Park Hotel (450 Post Street, 3rd Floor).For your half-price tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the discount code AOTV.
I hope you’ve enjoyed spending the day together in the judges’ chambers, sampling all these Cabs.
And if you’re in the SF Bay Area on the 21st, I hope you’ll join me, along with Barbara and our fellow wine judges, for the Cabernet Challenge.
It’s a great chance for you to pit *your* palate against the pros!
Meanwhile, my friends,
Cheers and happy tasting,
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Cheers once again,