Suzanne Reifers, founder of one of the nation’s earliest wine bars (Suzanne’s in Washington, D.C.), has been professionally involved in fine wine and specialty food for 28 years. Alfred E. Judd, a Federal government manager by day, spends his free time with his nose in a wine glass or a cookbook planning his next meal. Reifers and Judd have traveled and tasted extensively in the wine regions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Eastern U.S., and France. They especially love the Rhone Valley and its wines, as well as Rhone-style wine from the United States and elsewhere. Now residents of northern California, they have been sharing a glass of one wine or another since 1981.
Attend the 2009 Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting March 22 in San Francisco 10. Spit in public! The best way to appreciate samples of some of the 500 or so wines available from about 125 American wineries is to use the provided spit cups in front of about 2,000 utter strangers. Well, it’s ok to swallow some of your very favorites. But using the spit cups most of the time sure enhances the experience and lets you enjoy a great dinner in San Francisco afterwards.