Volunteers Requested for “The Bottle Shock Open” Home Wine Judging Event – June 19, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT — Volunteers Needed for the 2nd Annual Bottle Shock Open Home Winemakers Competition (June 19, 2015 – Friday)

The Bottle Shock Open (TBSO) Home Wine Judging Competition replaced the County Home Wine Judging at the San Joaquin County Fair in association with the Lodi Grape Festival. As opposed to the County Fair, the TBSO is open to any, and all, home winemakers throughout the world, and it has the guidance of seasoned professionals.
Aaron Kidder (IT guru) and G.M. ‘Pooch’ Pucilowski (Certified Wine Educator) have organized many large events (1,100-1,300 entries) over the years, and now they are enthusiastic in guiding home winemakers to this event ‘in the heart of wine country’!

Why would you want to participate/volunteer in this event?
1. It is going to be held at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi, CA
2. The educational benefits in learning wine judging protocol is phenomenal!
3. Winemakers can enter their wines for judging by knowledgeable wine tasters who will give constructive comments regarding your wine(s)
4. Awards will be top-notched and high quality
5. Sponsorships are available to support this new venture for a stable platform for home winemakers to enter their wines
6. You will receive event wine to drink and take home.
7. After-party with food and wine after the judging is complete

Hopefully, many of you have volunteered in the past to similar events (or even the First BSO) and would have an interest in volunteering for the 2nd Annual BSO competition.
The competition itself will require one full day and will be held on Friday, June 19, 2014 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi, CA. Some volunteers might be needed for additional days as the event comes together. Volunteers will receive wine from the competition and be fed as well. Also, if you have someone who is interested in helping/volunteering, please write down their name, phone number(s) and email info so they can be included.

Here is an extensive list of volunteer slots needed:

Volunteer Positions:
Clerks (5-8 slots depending upon entry numbers)
Their job would be to assist the judges in tracking and scoring the wines. They need to be very organized and good at keeping track of paperwork and judges (who may not be very organized). They sit at the judge’s table and record all the judge’s scores. They keep track of all paperwork judges are required to fill out and make sure it is correct.

Pourers (5-8 slots depending upon entry numbers)
This position requires an early start in the morning. They need to open & pour the correct wines into the correct glasses. They will be on their feet all day long.
They are the back room workers who keep the wine flowing during the day. They are not allowed in the judge’s room.

Stewards (4-8 depending upon entry numbers) The only link between the Pourers and the Judges are the Stewards. They pick up and deliver wines, set up the glasses in front of the judges and help clear the empty glasses. They also help remove the judge code sticker on the glassware.

Panel Assistants (2-6 depending upon entry numbers)
This group will do everything needed to assist the judges, clerks and stewards. There may be long stretches of sitting but they have to be vigilant; if a judge needs crackers or a pencil sharpened, they do it. They will help clear the tables after the judges finish tasting, and run the glasses to the kitchen as needed.

Washing Wine Glasses (? depends upon whether we get a portable dishwasher onsite)
We will need to wash the glassware on a continuous basis. We will have to see if we can rent a dishwasher. Carts will be needed to bring the glasses to the pouring tables. A lot depends if we rent or buy glasses.

After Party
We will need to clean up the place after the competition. All Volunteers will help do this before they leave for the day and before the party starts. It will be the
Cellar Crew responsibility to mark the medal winners and place the wines on the tables. We will need a volunteer to arrange the food for that evening.

Please sign up regarding your availability and your job preference, if you have one. Please respond ASAP as the event is less than four weeks away. Once you sign up, additional instructions and details will be sent to you.


Please contact John Brooks, Volunteer Coordinator
jobro@comcast.net, 916-705-0550 ASAP, less than three weeks to go!