Judgment of Paris, an Exclusive California vs France Wine Tasting

Thank you everyone who attended North Beach Citizens’ second annual Judgment of Paris blind wine tasting on March 3rd. The winning wines were:

White

Selected by the Judges:

#1: Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Truffières 2014 Etienne Sauzet
#2: 2014 McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay from Kistler
#3: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 Bonneau du Martray

Selected by the Guests: 

#1: 2012 Aubert Chardonnay
#2: Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Truffières 2014 Etienne Sauzet
#3: 2014 McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay from Kistler

Red

Selected by the Judges:

#1: Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 2014 Clos des Porrets Saint Georges Henri Gouges
#2: 2014 Benovia Pinot Noir
#3: Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Mazoyeres 2014 Domaine de la Vougeraie

Selected by the Guests:

#1: 2014 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir
#2: 2014 DuMol Russian River Pinot Noir
#3: 2014 Benovia Pinot Noir

 

 

March 3, 2017; 6 to 10 pm at The Battery 

A celebration in the spirit of the Judgment of Paris, the historic 1976 Paris tasting that put California winemakers on the map.  Only this year instead of Bordeaux we are taking the competition to Burgundy. Come and experience North Beach Citizen’s twist on this famous California versus France wine tasting event.  

Co-hosted by: Michael & Xochi Birch, Jack & Pamela Preston, Jill Reber, and Jeff & Laurie Ubben 

You will enjoy:
– An exclusive blind tasting of 12 wines including 6 of the most exclusive French wines from Burgundy versus 6 of the finest California Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Napa and Sonoma.
– Comparing your wine scoring talents to those of an expert panel of wine connoisseurs.
–  A dinner of thoughtfully prepared food pairings. 
– An elegant evening at The Battery’s penthouse with stunning views of the Bay Bridge Lights.

Judges: 
– Virginie Boone, wine writer and Wine Enthusiast contributing editor
– David Glancy, master sommelier and founder of the San Francisco Wine School
– Ray Johnson, director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University
– Esther Mobley, wine, beer & spirits writer for the San Francisco Chronicle 
– Martin Sheehan-Stross, lead sommelier at Michael Mina Restaurant; Best New Sommelier 2015, Wine Spirits

The wines include the below: 

French:
– Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 Bonneau du Martray
– Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Truffières 2014 Etienne Sauzet
– Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Mazoyeres 2014 Domaine de la Vougeraie
– Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 Mongeard-Mugneret
– Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 2014 Clos des Porrets Saint Georges Henri Gouges
– Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 Domaine Jacques Prieur

California:
– 2014 McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay from Kistler
– 2012 Aubert Chardonnay
– 2014 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir
– 2014 DuMol Russian River Pinot Noir
– 2014 Benovia Pinot Noir
– 2014 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

 Tickets/Sponsorship:
–  $1,250 per person 
–  Buy tickets here or call 415-772-0918 EXT. 107 to learn about sponsorship opportunities

Time & Place:
– Friday, March 3, 2017 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
– The Battery, 717 Battery Street, SF, CA
– Festive Attire
– Valet Parking Available

Proceeds benefit North Beach Citizens — a local non-profit organization that provides real and lasting solutions for San Francisco’s homeless and low-income population.

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Last year’s Judgment of Paris 2015 Event Recap

Last year’s Judgment of Paris event was attended by 75 guests consisting of high-profile business and tech entrepreneurs, investment bankers, wine aficionados and philanthropists. 

Press:  San Francisco Magazine, Haute Living

Wine selection and judging: The French wines and food pairings were selected by sommelier, Christophe Tassan, The Battery’s Wine Director. The panel of wine judges who participated in the blind tasting included:

– Virginie Boone, wine writer and Wine Enthusiast contributing editor
– David Glancy, master sommelier and founder of the San Francisco Wine School
– Ray Johnson, director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University
– Robert Kamen, vintner and Hollywood screenwriter

The winning wines were:
– 2013 DuMOL Chardonnay — No. 1 white wine for both judges and participants
– 2012 Philippe Melka CJ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – No. 1 red for both judges and participants
– 2012 Quintessa Proprietary Red Wine — No. 2 red for the judges
– 2012 Sloan Proprietary Red — No. 3 red for the judges
– 2012 Château Mouton Rothschild — No.1 red for the participants
– 2012 Vérité La Joie — No. 2 red for the participants
– 2012 Château Cheval Blanc — No. 3 red for the participants

The complete list of wines tasted included:

California
– 2013 DuMOL Chardonnay

2013 Hanzell Vineyards Chardonnay
2012 Kamen Estates Wine Kashmir Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Quintessa Proprietary Red Wine
2012 Sloan Proprietary Red
2012 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S. L. V.
2012 Vérité La Joie

France
– 2013 Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru Jean Marc Boillot

2012 Château Cheval Blanc
2012 Château Haut-Brion
2012 Château Lynch-Bages-
2012 Château Margaux
2012 Château Mouton Rothschild
– 2012 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
– 2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes Etienne Sauzet