Slideshow: Last Night’s All-Wine-Star Sommelier Smackdown at Spiaggia

Tona Palomino and Alpana Singh.

A whole case of top Chicago sommeliers gathered last night at Spiaggia to compete in public, remember the late Spiaggia somm Henry Bishop, and raise money for cancer research. With Alpana Singh and Spiaggia’s Jason Carlen hosting, ten of Chicago’s best paired off in biodynamic duos to offer their wine selection for each of Sarah Grueneberg’s five courses, following a theme of Old World vs. New World in their selections; guests then cast a vote for the winner of each round (using red or clear glass beads). Our man Huge Galdones was on the scene; here’s his photographic report.