March 10th, 2009 13:40 EST
San Francisco Opened It`s Heart To The Worlds Wine Lovers!
According to today`s edition of MSNBC online, this year`s event, where San Francisco once again opened its doors to the entire planet, playing host to the largest wine tasting competition of American wines " in the entire world was a HUGE Success and a lot of fun!
The City By The Bay " was extremely excited to once again have the opportunity to welcome and indulge the palates of the entire globe`s wine and food aficionados alike.
In a weird twist of fate, this prestigious event was sponsored, presented and proudly hosted by the Bay City`s very own San Francisco Chronicle, the city`s long time world class newspaper that had recently announced it was heading into bankruptcy.
Sadly the once powerful media mogul was suffering same unfortunate fate as so many other newspapers now desperately competing to survive in a day of modern, electronic media distribution.
Even local Bay Area city officials, event planners and residents alike, tried to humorously get through the irony of the situation by commenting about the situation by saying things like While the Chronicle is bleeding to death, the wine must still flow on! " and half joking that while the Chronicle may be having some truly bad financial time, at least they get to close out the week with a drink. "
The 2009 professional wine judging took place at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair during the week of January 5, 2009. Professional wine judges representing trade, education, media, retail, and restaurants throughout the United States evaluated a record 4,736 wines entered by wineries from across the country.
Wines were awarded as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Double Gold (unanimous gold by the judges). In addition, there were Best of Class Awards given for each of the wine judging categories, and the prestigious Sweepstake Awards for the top Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, & Dessert/Specialty Wines.
Here are this year`s winners:
Sparkling Wine: Sparkling Pointe of Long Island, NY
White Wine: Ventana Vineyards of Monterey, CA
Pink Wine: South Coast Winery of Temecula, CA
Red Wine: Caliza Winery of Paso Robles, CA
DH Lescombes of Mimbres Valley, NM
Dessert Wine: Geyser Peak Winery of Geyserville, CA
But the judges weren`t the only ones who got to enjoy the festivities. The public was able to get into the action by having the opportunity to taste all of the participating, award winning wines " as well.
The event also features several delicious hand crafted food creations from some of the world`s premier artisan food purveyors including award winning artisan breads, savory meats, exotic oils, hand crafted cheeses, delicious desserts, floral jams, sumptuous sauces, and more from several of the most prominent and popular local Bay Area restaurants.
Mmmmm, I`m getting hungry and thirsty just writing about it!
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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club