Wine Festival by the Bay
Take the Ferry to Tiburon,
Saturday, May 17th
Stroll along the quaint
picturesque main street of Tiburon May 17th to Point Tiburon Plaza
for the first big community wine tasting event of the 2003 season.
The Tiburon Wine Festival is sponsored by the many businesses of
Tiburon through the Chamber of Commerce. The annual Festival is in
its 20th year. This is the Chamber’s fundraising event of the
year, so they make it rock with live music food, wine, and fun. The
Festival has sold out in the past, so it’s wise to get your
tickets in advance. That way, you won’t be disappointed (or turned
away) at the gate.
What makes the Tiburon Wine
Festival a major event? Fifty wineries are on hand presenting
samplings of their many varieties. Vintners include Clos du Bois,
Raymond, Mumm Napa, Kenwood, Guenoc, Hanley, Hart’s, DeLoach,
Chateau St. Michele, Buich, Benzinger, Murphy Goode, Rosenblum,
Windsor, and many more. This is not a contest for wines, it is
simply an enjoyable afternoon of tasting wine and food.
The Festival is across the street
from the ferry docks, which makes getting there by ferry an easy
option that does not include driving after drinking. For a special
treat to take home, a silent auction will be held during the event
featuring large format bottles not generally available to the
public, including sought after Library Wines. Library wines can vary
in value from $30 to $1000 for standard-sized bottles. Large format
bottles are also of special value. Winemaker and architect Peter
Hoyt Berg and Jim Bryant are the auctioneers.
If you lose in the competitive
auction, Ron Skellenger, manager of Tiburon’s Windsor Wine Tasting
shop up the street at 72 Main Street, still has some revered ’97
Cabs for sale along with a few other Windsor library wines. Windsor,
according to the book of 2003 California Wine Festival Winners, is
ranked #3 from last year’s contests. Kendal Jackson is #1, Geyser
Peak is #2. Ron said, "Many wineries have excellent years or
blends. The book shows, by wine, what won in each variety. The
advantage the top three have is extensive choices. The book’s
ranking system totals all the winning wines per vintner. Windsor has
24 varieties in multiple styles totaling 51 wines which is an
advantage over smaller wineries. The top positions are determined by
cumulative scores of all their winning wines. Still, being
recognized as a top California winemaker is an honor."
Fine restaurants of the town are
catering the Festival with samples of their cuisine as free
appetizers, including Sam’s Anchor Café, Servino’s Restaurante,
Caprice, Guyamas, Café Liaison, and Bell Market Sushi and Deli.
There will also be complimentary cheeses, breads, BBQ sausages, and
The event will be held from 1pm to
4:30pm for only $25 in advance, which is recommended, or $30 at the
event. To obtain advance tickets or for more information, contact
the Chamber office at (415) 435-5633 or fax (415) 435-1132 or e-mail
email@example.com. Advance tickets can also be purchased
at Sam’s Anchor Café, Boardwalk Market, Bell Market, Fitness in
Tiburon, and Windsor Tasting Room.