In its 10th Year, San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Partners with Sommelier Challenge International Competition

June 3, 2013

The 10th Annual 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.

"We look forward to the partnership with the Sommelier Challenge," added Metter.  "It is with great excitement that we're able to offer our attendees an exclusive tasting of many of the best wines in the world, as judged by a prestigious panel of Certified Sommeliers.  This is a true treat for wine enthusiasts who will have the rare opportunity to taste these award-winning wines, all within the course of an evening."

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.

The Vault is just one of more than 20 events taking place during the weeklong San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.  This November marks the tenth year anniversary of the food and wine festival and promises to be bigger and better than ever.  The five-day feast of the senses features a plethora of wine and culinary events, including the Uncorked Launch Party, wine tasting seminars, cooking classes taught by award-winning chefs, the Grand Tasting, Celebrity Chef Luncheon, and countless other tasting opportunities throughout the week.  Over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit companies, 70 of San Diego's top fine dining restaurants and 30 gourmet food companies participated in the 2012 Festival.

Tickets for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival launch in June 2013.  For more information about the Festival, visit