The fifth annual Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) Bordeaux Tasting will be held at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco on Tuesday January 30, 2018. This event mirrors the long-established Annual Bordeaux Tasting in London, England, and will showcase wines from the Grands Crus Classés of the Médoc and their equivalents from the Right Bank and Graves (including Sauternes). As is customary, the vintage to be tasted is five years prior to the year of the event: 2013.
The 2013 vintage presented numerous challenges for both growers and winemakers alike. The growing season was short, and flowering was late and uneven due to a notably rainy and cool June. The balance of the summer brought more irregular weather, with a dry and hot July and even an August hailstorm. Harvest started earlier than normal for a late-flowering year, as winemakers worked to avoid the onset of rot brought on by the rainy and humid September conditions. However, improved viticultural practices and more effective fruit-sorting enabled the more conscientious producers to make surprisingly successful wines. In general, 2013 is a small vintage of medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol, modest tannin and above average acidity. It is an excellent year for the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac.
The IMW(NA) Bordeaux Tasting will allow wine professionals the opportunity to taste a comprehensive range of crus classés from the most prestigious appellations of Bordeaux. This event is limited to assure that the wines are tasted in optimal conditions. An educational rather than a promotional event, representatives from the châteaux will generally not be in attendance and tasters are encouraged to taste at their leisure so as to form an independent idea of the vintage and the wines. A number of Masters of Wine will be in attendance and prepared to respond to your questions and comments.
The tasting is offered in one single session from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are $100.00 for general admission. A limited number of reduced-rate tickets are available through January 1st to Masters of Wine, current MW students, full-time wine industry professionals and registered WSET Diploma students by emailing Nancy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for promo codes upon along with proof of trade or student status. Tickets are non-refundable but transferable.
This event sells out quickly: please purchase early to avoid disappointment. Questions may be addressed to Nancy Johnson at email@example.com.