|superBOWL 2002 was a national "off-line"; a gathering of wine nuts who meet on the UK Wine Forum, part of wine-pages.com.
The event was a celebration of wine. This was a non-commercial event, and most of the wines - rare and expensive - were brought along by the attendees, who had raided their cellars to turn up a special bottle or two they wanted to share.
pre-superBOWL wine dinner
On the evening before superBOWL, a pre-event wine dinner for a dozen early arrivers took place in Glasgow at the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant. Notes for the wines are available here.
The afternoon session of superBOWL itself was centred around an amazing walk-round tasting of an absolutely fantastic array of fine wines. You can read tasting notes on all 60-odd wines, compiled by several superBOWLers, by clicking (here).
In parallel with the walk-round tasting ran a series of three tutored seminars. Each attendee had the opportunity to attend two seminars of their choice. The seminars were:
|After a short break when many superBOWLers relaxed in Glasgow's late sumer sun, the grand dinner began, accompanied by
Champagne and fine wines donated by a range of sponsoring companies (right: the crowd assembles for a glass or two of fizz). During the evening there was also a raffle, which raised almost £200 for Wine Relief, a registered charity associated with Comic Relief, and the results of that afternoon's mystery wine competition. Notes on all of the above are available here
I would like to thank the wine businesses who gave unbelieveable support for the innaugural superBOWL:
Berry Brothers & Rudd, Edencroft Fine Wines, Raeburn Fine Wines, Hatch Mansfield Agency,
Villeneuve Wines, Champagne Raymond Boulard (France), The Pinotage Association (South Africa), Uiterwyck Estate (South Africa),
Strathardle Fine Wines - 01389 830643, Joanne-Bordeaux (France) - + 33 556 68 59 70,
The Champagneshop, Great Grog Company,
French & Logan
Finally, my thanks to all the individuals who gave time and effort so generously on the day: leading the seminars; supplying 450 tasting glasses; carrying wines; pouring wines; selling raffle tickets and on and on. And my thanks, of course, to all the superBOWLers!
Please email me if you'd like to be kept posted about superBOWL 2003.