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January Multi Meetup Mingle: Cabernet Shootout Challenge


PIT YOUR PALATE AGAINST THE PROS

For many wine enthusiasts the beginning of the year is associated with a major tasting of Zinfandels.  Now Cabernet fans can also indulge their passion at the start of the new 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 or Passport weekends

Over a number of weeks, Affairs of the Vine convened a select panel of 41 wine makers, writers, retailers, educators, and consultants to judge the 6th 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 Meetup members attending the  Cabernet Shootout Challenge  .Starting at 1:30 pm, each 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 Shootoutwill then be compared to the tally of the amateurs' Cab Challenge, both tabulated by gender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with our other Meetup Wine Mingles, 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.

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 a 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 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.

http://blog.bayareawinesociety.org

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

http://blog.bayareawinesociety.org

 


 


 

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  • Ludmila K.

    The event was great but i didn't meet anybody from meetup groups there. I met other interesting peoe however. I wish there was some arrangement for meetup groups to meet.

    January 19, 2013

  • Ludmila K.

    The event was great but i didn't meet anybody from meetup groups there. I met other interesting peoe however. I wish there was some arrangement for meetup groups to meet.

    January 19, 2013

  • PikaVu

    Hey Tom. Last year, I was given a link to print out my tickets after paying. This year, all I got was a receipt. Is that suppose to happen? Will tickets be mailed?

    Btway, I love this event. It's THE best wine tasting I've ever been to. It's not too crowded. Wine is endless, and there are munchies. Thanks for putting this up

    December 20, 2012

    • PikaVu

      Got it! Receipt is fine. Yes I do, you can find me on facebook using my email: [masked]. And you are welcome to use my comments as a testimonial.

      Last year, I brought two friends with me to the event. I loved it so much, I'm bringing 12 people, and my party is STILL growing

      December 24, 2012

    • tom m.

      PV: Great Xmas present for our fundraiser!! You beat the record from last year when someone brought 10 (and I understand that you may not be able to roundup all 12 though you say it is still growing--endorsements like yours are the best 'promo code'). I changed the prepay purchase code on the website to a shopping cart so participants can add more than two and receive the special discount. Be sure to say hello at the event.

      December 25, 2012

  • Dave

    Is this singles or couples focused meetup group?

    December 18, 2012

    • tom m.

      Both, although as you might expect mostly singles are involved in meetup. There is an additional discount for couples via the link.

      December 18, 2012

    • tom m.

      And SF Brainiacs is part of an active dating service.

      December 18, 2012

  • Dave

    After RSVP, do we have to pre-pay the $35 per person price somewhere ... or pay at the door?

    December 18, 2012

    • tom m.

      the answer is contained in the last paragraph which contains the prepay link. I'll bold it.

      December 18, 2012

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