Year in Review 2009, President Richard Geist M.D.
245th. Dinner, HARRIS’S Sunday 29th. March
We sold out at 72. President Jack Gilliland MD welcomed his Lodi neighbor, David Lucas of David Lucas Winery, Lodi, to serve his wine and speak. He was the lead plaintiff in the big direct shipping lawsuit in New York, arguably one of the most
important wine industry cases ever to appear in court. David spoke on" What has the Mayflower to do with… Freeing the Grape!” Everyone really enjoyed Harris’s beef also accompanied by winemaker member Tom Kenefick’s Cabernet and Cabernet Franc.
246th. Dinner, FRENCH CLUB Wed. 27th. June
We sold out again at 60 thanks to Mark LeClerc M.D. who hosted this event. Richard Geist MD with the help of Ralph Brindis MD were successful in acquiring six different Williams Selyem wines to accompany a classical French menu. Two representatives of the winery spoke to the attendees.
247th. Dinner, CONCORDIA CLUB Sunday 20th. September
71 attended this dinner and enjoyed welcoming back John Buechsenstein, Wine Educator and Winemaker. JB presented another of his tasting seminars: "A Fresh Look at Wine Alcohol: Taste and Physiology" In view of the recent trend of higher alcohol in many wines, especially many from the New World, this seminar reviewed the contribution of ethanol to a wine’s body, taste and cellaring. Two mini-flights (six wines) were served blindly as examples of ethanol effects and for comparison. HB explained why the traditional lessons of "alcohol equivalency" in calculating BAC need careful review.
VINTAGE TOUR to LODI Saturday
President Jack Gilliland helped Susan plan a tour to his appellation. Our group enjoyed a well planned presentation at the Lodi Visitor Center. David Lucas welcomed us to his winery and then we continued on the Berghold’s beautiful property and especially enjoyed their Merlot, a change
to all the local Zins. We also visited Macchia before continuing on to the newly opened St. Jorge winery. We especially enjoyed a BBQ dinner al fresco in the courtyard accompanied by a local Dixieland jazz band. The group loved the day out to Lodi and seeing how the area has developed and been planted.
71st. Annual Dinner, RITZ CARLTON San Francisco Sunday 24th. January 2010
We had a very successful turnout of 107 to pay tribute to outgoing President Richard Geist M.D. An excellent dinner was enjoyed by all in the Terrace Room of the Ritz Carlton accompanied by two speakers! The Society was delighted to welcome Merry Edwards who spoke on her speciality of “Cloning” and the menu was accompanied by her Sauvignon Blanc and two of her renowned Pinot Noirs. We were also fortunate to welcome back Arthur Klatsky M.D. who updated us on his pet subject “Wine, Alcohol & Health” – Scientific Truths at the Start f a new Decade. Dinner was excellent.
YEAR IN REVIEW 2010, President Jack Gilland M.D.
249th. Dinner Marché, Menlo Park Sunday 21st. March
Thanks to Lynn Gretkowski M.D. and Mary Jacobson MD, who introduced SMFW to this wonderful restaurant. Chef Bienaimé was most diligent in creating a very special menu for us. The dinner was preceded by a member winemaker tasting. C. Bacigalupi, T. Kenefick, N. Panting, WineDoctors (Lynn Gretkowski and Mary Jacobson) and A. Zolopa kindly participated. The tasting was very congenial and a perfect opportunity for members to taste fellow members’ wines. Bruce Cass, Wine Educator at Stanford and CIA spoke and also Marcia Stefanick PhD. on “Alcohol and Breast Cancer: What evidence do we have for wine?”
250th. Dinner, Hotel Vitale Embarcadero San Francisco Sunday 27th. June
51 enjoyed Chef Kory Stewart’s Italian themed dinner based on sustainably farmed local produce.
Jack Gilliland MD brought the speaker of the evening , Leonard Cicerello and local olive oil producer spoke on “Extra Virgin Olive Oil Production in the New World” and brought some of his oils to taste. Part of his talk suggested how important labeling will become, since unlike wine today, we often have no idea from which country the actual oil originates from.
251st. Dinner, Taj - Campton Place Hotel San Francisco Sunday 27th. September
Chef Srijith Gopinathan created a very interesting menu incorporating many different eastern spices. The menu offered a most interesting wine pairing challenge and Daniel Bikle MD rose to that challenge with the help of M. Rivo and M.Amiththara and J. Eiband on the food committee
White Burgundy Wine Tasting Sunday 16th. May
Presented by Robert Blumberg MD and Larry Dennen MD. We tasted 9 wines and the fun was
trying to recognize the one CA Chardonnay in the mix. Members, who attended, very much enjoyed the educational angle of the tasting.
VINTAGE TOUR to Dry Creek Valley Saturday 23rd. October
We thought we had planned a great day touring Dry Creek Valley. Unfortunately it turned into Wet Creek Valley! The heavens opened and did not let up all day. We were still able to enjoy a visit to Michel Schlumberger. The team up at Sbragia were still able to welcome us to their
covered terrace where we tasted wines and enjoyed a light lunch. Then, wee continued on to the newly renovated Lambert Bridge Winery. Sadly we could not enjoy the gardens, but were very comfortable in the redwood tasting room pairing their reds with some very good and unique cheeses. We continued on to Santa Rosa dining at John Ash & Co. Considering the weather, everyone was really a good sport and enjoyed the day. It did not hurt hearing the Giants win the playoffs on the way home!
Red Burgundy Wine Tasting Sunday 7th. November
Presented again by popular demand, our experienced partners Blumberg/Dennen offered 11
Burgundies and 1 Oregon Pinot Noir to taste. We are very fortunate to have these two members
plan these educational tastings. Planning the wine choices, how to fit them in a number of flights certainly proves their years of experience in this field.
72nd. Annual Dinner Stanford Court Hotel Sunday 23rd. January 2011
SMFW returned to Stanford Court Hotel to be welcomed back by Chef Werner Albrecht and Maitre D’ Stephen. Chef was excited to present a “From Farm to Table” menu and Jack Gilliland invited Preston Maring MD to speak on “Produce to the People” to continue the “health” theme.
Dr. Maring was the first MD. to have the vision of starting Farmer Markets in hospital locations.
He has been responsible of starting markets in 59 hospitals around the country, but mostly in his Kaiser locations. It was fascinating to observe both the Dr. and the Chef’s passion of supporting
local sustainable and organic farms.
YEAR IN REVIEW 2011 President Morton G. Rivo
253rd. Dinner Tour of California Academy of Sciences with Dinner in the Moss Room
March 27th. 2011
Mary Jacobson MD was able to arrange a private platinum ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the museum especially for our group, followed by an excellent dinner downstairs in the Moss Room. This was a different format to our traditional dinners, we sold out and everyone really enjoyed it. Executive Chef Loretta Keller created an excellent Asian influenced menu and Brian Dolan PhD, Director of U.C. Division of Social Medicine, spoke on “Alcohol and the Writer: Uncorking Literary Genius”.
CHEESE & WINE, June 12th. 2011
Janet Fletcher, SF Chronicle reporter and author on cheese, planned an amazing tasting titled
“7 x 7: A Terroir Test”. Marion Blumberg MD and Janet Fletcher collaborated to pair each cheese with a wine from the same region. It was so much fun, we hope to plan another next year.
254th. Dinner, French Club, June 29th. 2011
Chef Claude planned another traditional French menu for us and Larry Dennen MD enjoyed the opportunity of selecting the French wines. We sold out again, as in the past at the French Club, and all seated at one long candlelit palatial table. Fern Prosnitz J.D.,M.A. spoke on “Come Pour the Wine: The Wine Bottle’s Tale”.
256th. Dinner, TRADER VIC’S, Emeryville, September 18th. 2011
Greek wines!! Daveena Ma MD decided we all needed some Greek wine education and very crearively paired excellent wines with a Polynesian menu, we just paired the Mediterranean with the Pacific Islands! It was a lovely evening and the Greek Sparkling wine and appetizers could be enjoyed on the deck. Dr. Ma arranged with Dan Marshall of Alameda and Micheal Pavlidis a top importer to speak on the history and the state of the Greek wine industry today
VINTAGE TOUR 2011 October 1st. 2011 GALLO Sonoma
This year’s tour was memorable! We started off touring and tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars.
Then we received a warm welcome by the Bacigalupi Family at John Tyler Wine’s brand new tasting room. Charles Bacigalupi DDS has been a member for many years. He produced the fruit for the 1976 Judgement of Paris gold medal winning Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. The highlight of the day and in fact the year has to go to GALLO Sonoma. Our member John de Luca Phd. was able to secure a personal invitation from Joe Gallo. The generous invitation was extended to 50 of our members and included tours and tastings of their Frei Ranch and MacMurray Ranch and a sit-down candlit lit dinner on the MacMurray Ranch Estate. Amazing!
73rd. Annual Dinner, Ritz Carlton, San Francisco January 22nd. 2012
Yet another outstanding dinner at the Ritz! Beautiful candlit Terrace Room, top rate service and
the Chef who took personal care of us. Bob Blumberg rose to the challenge of finding affordable
Bordeaux and created a south western French wine theme. Richard Geist invited Professor
Al Leonard to speak on “7,000 Years of History of Wine” who in turn rose to the challenge of condensing 7,000 years to 30 minutes. He produced maps showing the earliest archeological discoveries of wine containers around the fertile crescent areas and other Mediterranean countries.