SFChron Wine Judging Results...

Posted by: TomHill

SFChron Wine Judging Results... - 01-15-2019 09:54:47

Results have just been released for the SFChron Wine Competition:
SFChronWineCompetition

The one winner that stood out in my mind is the Sparkling Wine Sweepstakes Award: Trump Wnry Blanc de Blanc 2014. Won't be long afore we'll be hearing loud boasts coming from the WhiteHouse on who's the World's greatest winemaker. It's a wine designed to be served in the Oval Office to football players w/ Wendy's/McDonald's/BurgerKing/DominoPizza fare.

A rather unusual list of winners. Meomi Sparkling first in the Blanc de Noirs. The best Gruner comes from NewJersey, making MikeOfficer's GV just an also-run.

Anyway...interesting results...but don't waste a lot of time poring over the them. They've not listed the judges yet, which would be interesting. No doubt the finest palates available.

Tom
Posted by: TomHill

And The Judges... - 01-15-2019 10:10:39

And the judges are:
SFChronWineJudges

Lots of familiar faces there.
Tom
Posted by: BEB

Re: And The Judges... - 01-15-2019 13:48:26

... and there is Bob Foster (who used to post here) in the line up.
Posted by: TomHill

Yup.... - 01-15-2019 16:56:44

Originally Posted By: BEB
... and there is Bob Foster (who used to post here) in the line up.


Yup....he occasionally posts on WB...but very infrequently.
Usually he posts to defend Temecula as an important wine region and to defend large tastings as valid & important.
And your take on the Trump Sparkler?
Tom
Posted by: BEB

THAT Sparkler - 01-16-2019 13:57:06

My short answer, Tom, is that I haven't tried this sparkler recently and I don't know who the current winemaker is.

My long answer is that, as you know, Trump Winery is a successor to the Kluge Winery debacle and already had a host of issues against it prior to its re-branding under a better business plan. As much bile as I've spilt about the Kluge debacle, including its sparkling wine program, the product by itself (removed from bogus and overblown and over hyped claims such as, "This was selected as one of the best sparkling wines in the world - better than Champagne!" as was told to me years ago in the tasting room) actually is more than passable and rather good. For comparison, I'd probably choose it over Gruet if given a choice. Richard Juhlin gave it high marks in one of his books (3,000 Champagnes, maybe?). If the Trump machine hasn't tinkered with the sparkling program (it was one of the few things that wasn't broke), then it probably is rocking along just fine and making passable sparkling wine.

Anecdotal response: The Spousal Unit attended a "girls night" with some friends some time back. They prearranged a sparkling wine taste off. No one in the group was a wine geek, much less "expert" and I suspect the tasting conditions were a bit unorthodox. The wines were tasted blind and eliminated by vote of the women until there were two bottles left: the bottle Spousal Unit took and a Trump BdB. The Spousal Unit's wine (selected by moi for her to take that evening) won, but the Trump wine was a crowd pleaser for certain.