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Saturday, March 21, 2015

1925 Elks Lodge Ballroom
Kensington Park Hotel
450 Post St.~Union Square
San Francisco, CA 94102

Noon-1:30:  VIP Winemakers Panel
1:00: Cabernet Shootout Challenge blind tasting begins
1:30 Walk around tasting with nibbles begins 
3:30 Awards ceremony and raffle drawing/wine sales 
4:00 Event ends 
A cash wine bar will remain open after the awards presentation for those who want to linger.  


Each year Cabernet fans in the Bay Area have a special opportunity to indulge their passion!  Moved to the end of March in an historic and convenient Union Square setting, you can enjoy this unique experience without the crowd crush of the mega tastings at Ft. Mason and similar venues or driving long distances for Passport weekends

Over a number of weeks, Affairs of the Vine convenes a select panel of 40 winemakers, writers, retailers, educators, consultants, and connoisseurs to judge the Cabernet Shootout among artisan Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet blends from a variety of viticultural areas including places like Chile.  Without regard to price, vintage or region, this group of experts moves 64 wines to the final round rating and ranking 32 "best of the best." on February 21st.  These finalists are then tasted blind and evaluated by wine consumers at the March 21st event.

tThe afternoon begins with a VIP panel of winemakers who will present the nature and nurture of crafting their top Cab which will be poured, with time for questions and observations from the audience. Moderated by wine guru Wilfred Wong of, the group will  explore:

~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. pump-overs, barrel age, skin contact time, bottling date and related topics.

After the optional VIP workshop, the finalists can be evaluated in a blind tasting.Each Cab enthusiast can choose their favorites in one of two flights of 16 Cab Sauvs or Cab Francs previously evaluated by the wine industry pros.

In this variation of a Pro/Am tournament, 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 in this mini competition to those of the 'tastemakers'.  It also allows attendees 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 finalist wineries
 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 . Many of the participating wineries will be selling their wines for take away.

We will also be raffling off bottles of killer Cabs to raise funds for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area.sAnd since we are expecting 20+ wineries  to pour in the walk around tasting, and a limit of no more than 300 tickets to 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.


You can use a credit card or bank account in addition to PayPal to make purchase

~ Challenge competition and walk-around tasting ticket  $65 $30  + $2.50 fee    
~Two tickets: $57 + $3.00 fee  Add to Cart 

~VIP ticket also includes winemakers panel: $85 $40 + $2.50 fee    Add to Cart   
~Two VIP tickets : $77 + 3.00 processing fee
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