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Upcoming program: Taste-off of picnic wines
Sunday, May 22
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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Click HERE for voting results of our fall taste-off of Mendo wines

Pit your Palate Against the Pros
Vino di Mendocino / Round II
Split Bread Restaurant in the Metreon
560 Mission St @ 4th
San Francisco
Wednesday, October 28th
6:30 p.m.

Our changing cross section of our members tasting panel consists of those who buy their wines for dinner and special occasions, not the experts who receive samples and tend to look for other qualities besides the pleasure of the palate*.
For example, Starbucks rather than seek out the opinions of a range of customers when " curating " their new wine menu,  relied on a small team of Starbucks "sensory experts" who tasted more than 500 wines to determine for not by consumers the 10 best to feature on the Evenings menu.]   
Our Best of Tasting will go into our buying club selections. A dozen panel members will rate and rank a dozen medal winners of the 2015 Mendocino Co. Fair wine competition
, pitting these consumers' choices, against those of the professional judges.

We returned to our pop up taste off format pitting the palates of our members against the pros who recently awarded medals for the Mendocino County Fair

Attendees act as a people's tasting panel composed of those who buy their wines for dinner and special occasions, not the professionals who receive samples and tend to seek other qualities, like complexity and balance in wines besides how delicious they are.  The Best of Tasting goes into our buying club selection.

Attendees paired the wines with munchies purchased at any of the restaurants in the Metreon food court

The Rating System

 (95+) LOVE IT!~EXTRAORDINARY  Platinum Medal - An exceptional, ravishing wine that sets the standard against which other wines are judged

  (92-94)  SUPERB ~ REMARKABLE  Double Gold Medal

 (90-92)  DELICIOUS ~ EXCELLENT  Gold  Medal- A complex, concentrated wine that balances lush fruit flavors with refinement

  (87-89) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ~ VERY GOOD  Silver  Medal

 (85-87) LIKE IT~ GOOD  Bronze Medal - A pleasing wine with varietal distinctiveness


 (80-82) NEUTRALFAIR - A simple  quaffer for everyday drinking

Also Ranking: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Cost: $15 includes light bites from Split Bread.  Limited participation.

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The Architecture of San Francisco
Followed by a Taste-off of
Vino di Mendocino, Round I

California Historical Society & Metreon
4th and Mission
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, Sept. 23rd
6:00: Architecture Talk
The Metreon afterwards
7:00: Mendo Vino Mingle

This event welcomed all Bay Area and visiting wine enthusiasts.  Admission to our quarterly gatherings is included in a membership which will be offering wines up to 40% off in the coming months. We reduced the cost of a charter quarterly membership from $30 to $15.
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FYI:  Those who didn't wish to participate in the taste-off could still attend our munchies meetup mingle in the food court of the Metreon to chat about the archietecture presentation

Prior to the taste-off @ 6:00 p.m., we attended a presentation on the cultural meaning of San Francisco architecture given by SF Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King at the California Historical Society next door. King highlighted structures from his current book that tell the story of San Francisco through architecture, embodying the politics, design fads, and shifting values of the eras in which they were conceived. The journalist showed how to read the structures around us as signposts and translations for the story of a multilayered and ever-changing city. 

Our last tasting in the Metreon six years ago this month focusing on Argentina wines.

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