Annual Cabernet Shootout Challenge Fundraiser

A few discounted tix remain--see below


For many vinophiles, January is associated with a major tasting of Zinfandels.  Now Cabernet fans can also indulge their passion at the beginning of the year in one of the most dramatic settings in the Bay Area - The Winery SF on Treasure Island.  And enjoy the experience without the crowd crush of the mega tastings.

Over a number of weeks in the fall,   Affairs of the Vine convened a select panel of 41 wine makers, writers, retailers, educators, and consultants to judge the 7th Cabernet Shootout among mostly limited production artisan Cabernets, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet blends from 56 different appellations.  Without regard to price, vintage or region, this group of experts moved 64 wines to the final round selecting 32 "best of the best."

These finalists can now be evaluated in a blind tasting by wine enthusiasts attending the  Cabernet Shootout Challenge. Starting at 1:30 pm, ea
ch Cab lover will select their favorites in a flight of 16 Cabs containing five of the top 10 wines chosen by the panelists. In this Pro/Am competition, the results of the professionals' Cab Shootout will then be compared to the tally of the amateurs' Cab Challenge, both tabulated by gender.

This distinctly different format provides a unique opportunity to compare your taste preferences to those of the 'experts' in the wine industry.   It also allows participants to sample other than the usual suspects and rate rising star wineries

During the afternoon, attendees will also be able to mingle and meet with many of the vintners from the wineries that participated in the  Cabernet Shootout in an open walk around tasting accompanied by various nibbles from such notable vendors as Trader Joes,Fabrique Delices and the Vineburg Deli in Sonoma.

In addition,starting at noon the Cabernet Challenge offers two concurrent panel sessions of winemakers who will discuss how this noble varietal is influenced by the terroir of different grape growing areas.  One session will explore the distinctive features of representative bottle of Old World Bordeaux Cab vs. some of California's New World versions.The other workshop will examine how the  viticultural characteristics of several regions in the state differ and guide winemaking decisions.

We will also be raffling off bottles of Cab from the participating wineries to raise funds for our beneficiary charity One Brick that assists charities with temporary manpower needs. And since we are expecting 30+ wineries  to pour in the walk around tasting, and no more than 250 tickets will be sold, the odds are quite good that you can walk away with a superb bottle of vino.


TRANSIT: Easy Muni access which also serves BART customers.

Ticket prices:

~Regular price for Cabernet Shootout Challenge + meet the vintners & sample their current releases; $69 / A few discount tickets @ $30 each members and non members. Go to our blog and scroll down to the bottom of the listing.

~VIP price for Winemakers panel + Cabernet Shootout Challenge + Meet the vintners during walk around tasting: $89 / A few VIP discount tickets still available  for 2 or more @ $40 each.Go to our blog and scroll down to the bottom of the description.


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  • tom m.

    It sure was a lot of work, but worth it--a five ring circus: the winemakers panel sessions, the walk around tasting of over 100 wines, the Challenge to the professionals, and the raffle of wines by One Brick. Plus tasty treats at the food table thanks to the talents of Katherine Bernitt.

    January 23, 2013

  • Joel

    great food and wine selections, looking forward to future events.

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a fun way to try many different wines, and compare flavors, quality, and prices. Also great to learn about the One Brick organization.

    January 20, 2013

  • tony m.

    spectacular! great wineries representing their wines. a good lively crowd willing to recommend their favorites. some very understated affable winemakers sharing thoughts on taste, winemaking, their histories, etc.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was so impressed, I joined the Winery SF club. Wonderful event with spectacular wines and delicious snacks. Very glad I went.

    January 19, 2013

  • tom m.

    To all Meetuppers: Be sure to identify yourselves when you check in. We'll give you a tag to wear so you all can identify each other. Hope everyone got their advance payment discount. Just show receipt at door (no tickets per se).

    January 14, 2013

  • Regina

    Hellooo Everyone!
    I look forward to sharing wine favorites, discovering a few more (never can have too many ya know), and developing friendships while also developing my wine knowledge. Cheers!

    January 14, 2013

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