San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Southern California's largest wine and food festival taking place November 20-24, 2013, is proud to announce its partnership with the 5th Annual Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition. During the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival's event titled The Vault: Reserve Wine Experience & Silent Auction, attendees will have an opportunity to taste Double Gold, Gold and Silver award-winning wines from the competition in an exclusive tasting room, said Michelle Metter, co-producer of the Festival.
The Sommelier Challenge brings together over 800 wines worldwide for evaluation by a team of Certified Sommeliers from New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego. Syndicated wine columnist Robert Whitley directs the international wine competition, which takes place September 28-29, 2013.
An exclusive and elegant evening for collectors of fine wine, The Vault: Reserve Wine Experience & Silent Auction, taking place Friday, November 22, sets the stage for wine enthusiasts to taste the pride of the vine from 160 wineries and spirits producers. Exciting silent auction items such as large format bottles, libraries and decanters will take the spotlight this year with proceeds benefiting culinary arts and enology scholarships awarded by The American Institute of Wine & Food. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase to taste the award-winning wines from the Sommelier International Wine Competition. Additionally, attendees can upgrade their ticket to include access to "The Collection," where lovers of art and fine wine can enjoy premium wines valued at $100 and more, while viewing the works of painter Thomas Arvid.
Tickets for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival launch in June 2013. For more information about the Festival, visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com.