|superBOWL 2003 was a national "off-line"; a gathering of wine nuts who meet on the UK Wine
Forum, part of wine-pages.com. The superBOWL event is a celebration of wine. It is a totally non-commercial event, and most of the wines - rare and expensive -
are brought along by the attendees, who have raided their cellars to turn up a special bottle or two they want to share.
This was the second ever running of superBOWL. Last year (see left) almost 60 wine-lovers gathered in Glasgow for the event which was a huge success. This year, we put a limit on
the event of 75, which sold-out within days of being announced: only three people from 2002 did not come back!
Below you will find brief introductions to the main highlights of the superBOWL weekend, along with links to various reports and hundreds of tasting notes. You can also use the
menu to the left of the screen to read the reports.
pre-superBOWL wine dinners
On the evening before superBOWL, two fine wine dinners for a couple of dozen early arrivers took place. One in Glasgow at the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant, and an event which came to be known as the "mega off-line" at Braidwoods Michelin-starred restaurant, about 30 miles away.
Report on the Ubiquitous Chip dinner here
Report on the Braidwoods mega dinner here.
The afternoon session of superBOWL was is centred around a walk-round tasting of an absolutely amazing array of fine wines. You can read tasting notes on all 80-odd wines, compiled by several superBOWLers, here.
In parallel with the walk-round tasting ran a series of four tutored seminars. Each attendee had the opportunity to attend two seminars of their choice. The seminars were:
1: Bordeaux 1997: great drinking on the cheap, or overhyped?
with Neal Martin (read notes here)
2: Great wines you may never have heard of
with Tom Cannavan (read notes here)
3. Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru red Burgundy 2000 vs 2001
with Bill Nanson (read notes here)
4. A world of Sparkling Wine
with winemaker Jacques Conradie (read notes here)
|After a short break when many superBOWLers simply moved outside onto the chilly but lovely decking overlooking Glasgow's river Clyde,
the grand dinner began, accompanied by Champagne and fine wines donated by a range of sponsoring companies, and again brought along by the attendees
(right: rather than catch an hour's respite, the hard core move outside whilst dinner is prepared).
I would like to thank the following businesses who gave their generous support to superBOWL 2003:
Finally, my thanks to all the individuals who gave time and effort so generously on the day: the speakers for the seminars, the supplier of 450 tasting glasses, the City Inn for their hospitality, and the fantastic team of helpers who
carried wines; poured wines; refilled ice buckets, emptied spitoons and on and on. My thanks, of course, to all the superBOWLers who made the event what it was.
Please email me if you'd like to be kept posted about superBOWL 2004.