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ROC: The Judgement of Rochester

Please join the Rochester Chapter of Women For WineSense as we taste four carefully chosen wines from the Finger Lakes and four counterparts from around the world, BLIND.  Who will reign supreme?  I am sure you know who we are rooting for.  

We will have three judging groups:  Professionals in the wine industry, Sommeliers in Wine Judging Training, and YOU, our members.  Not only will it be interesting to see what wines win but it will be great to see how the different judging groups compare to one another other.

You will receive eight wine tasting tickets and four voting tickets at registration.  The food for the evening will be four food and wine stations.  

- This is not a seated dinner
- This will be interactive stations and seating available should you choose to be seated.

-Members who need assistance with stairs should pull up to the front of the hotel and they will be transported by the hotel to the venue via golf cart.  

When: Tuesday, August 9th
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Woodcliff,  Events Pavilion

Our Guest Judges:

Mike Countryman, Winemaker, Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Keuka Lake, WSET 3

John McMahon, Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, Wine Consultant, Century Pittsford Wines

Jeanne Fradella, Certified Sommelier, Certified Wine Educator, WSET 3

Matt Strassman, General Manager and Wine Buyer, Parkway Liquor

Simone Boone, Owner, Apogee Wine Bar, Certified Sommelier, WSET 3

Peter Rogers, Assistant General Manager MidVale Country Club, WSET 2, Certified Sommelier

Susan Dieter, Certified Sommelier, Certified Bourbon Steward

Bob Ballard, Certified Sommelier, Host of Into the Cellar

Cat McGrath, WSET Level 2, anxiously awaiting Level 3 results

There will be four stations with each station having a Finger Lakes wine and a wine from elsewhere in the world and different themed foods to pair with the wines. 

Asian Street Food
Pork Bao's | pork belly, pickled cabbage, jalapeno, hoisin

Asian Chicken Sliders | sweet Thai chili, kimchi, cilantro, miso sesame bun

Tuna Poke Bowls | sesame, fresno peppers, avocado, soy ginger dressing, wakame

The Winery
Smoked Shrimp Mac & Cheese | orecchiette pasta, smoked gouda, chives, garlic breadcrumbs
Mason Jar Salads | farmers greens, carrot, radish, lively run goat cheese, peach vinaigrette
Brew Burger | black angus burger, onion jam, cambozola, parsley, pretzel roll

Chorizo and Goat Cheese Potato Croquette | romesco sauce
Serrano and Cantaloupe Toast | whipped boursin
Compressed Watermelon Salad | red pepper, feta, watercress
Charred Octopus | chorizo, yukon gold potato, cilantro, key lime emulsion

Sweet Tooth
Monkey Bread
Passion Fruit Creme Brulee | wildflower honeycomb, strawberries
Whoopie Pies | blueberry with lemon poppy cream, and red velvet with cream cheese
Chocolate Bar | orange zest, espresso crunch

A non-alcoholic drink station will also be provided with iced tea and water. 


Reserved Seating: Will be taken for groups of Four to Six. If your group is smaller than Four, reserved seating will not be made.

Please follow this process when you do request seating:

Every person in your group must register for the event first. After all are registered, please designate one person in your group to be the point of contact, that person will email with every name in your group. The table number will be provided when checking in at the event.  
Canceling a Registration:

The Secretary needs to hear from the person that is canceling directly. To do this send an email to This will ensure there is no miscommunication and accidental cancellations.


If you missed the opportunity to register – we are happy to place you on the waitlist.
However, to ensure it is fair to every member, your Secretary needs an email, this email gives her a time stamp and puts everyone in order. (Contacting a WWS Board member, will not help, we will defer you to this protocol.)

Please Note: If you are a non-member registering for this event and paying with a credit card, you will be charged a small service fee for this transaction.  This fee will appear as a separate line item on your credit card statement.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
Woodcliff Hotel- Event Pavilion Patio
199 Woodcliff Drive
Fairport, NY  

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Kaylee E Murray
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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