The Wine: Ponga Sauvignon Blanc, marlborough, New Zealand, 2015
What we Tasted: Grapefruit, Pineapple, Pear, Cat-Pee, Hyacinth, Herbal, Stone, Citrusy, Soury-Appley, and Honeysuckle
What we Guessed: We all guessed that it was Sauvignon Blanc, although we couldn't agree where it was from. We guessed that it was from South Africa, New Zealand and the United States.
What we Thought: Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand can be a little divisive and our tasting panel loved it or hated it. There were lots of comments like "This is more your style, not mine" although others said "This is definitely my style!". Overall, a good, classic New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc for $10.99!
The WIne: 10 Span Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, California, 2013
What we Tasted: Stony, "very floral" Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Subtle Spice, Cedar Plank, "Hamster Cage", Butter, Alcohol and "Burnt Sugar".
What we Guessed: California Chardonnay, French Chenin Blanc, Riesling, California Gewurz, Pinot Grigio
What we Thought: Our tasting panel was divided about whether they liked it better or worse than the last one. Some liked it "more than #1" and some said "not as much as #1". One taster mentioned it would make a "good cocktail wine" and one mentioned it would be "good with waffles". After that we staged a quick intervention.
The Wine: Les freres Perroud "Amethyste", Brouilly, Beaujolais, 2011
What we tasted: Dark Cherries, Pepper, Raspberry, "All the Berries", tar, Jammy, and "Fruit Snacks"
What we Guessed: This was the biggest, boldest Beaujolais I have ever tried! Most of us thought it was a new world wine. We guessed Zinfandel, Argentine malbec, Pinot Noir and Petite Syrah.
What we Thought: Our panel was divided. "I don't like it" one taster said, "might be ok with Spaghetti" quipped another. I was personally blown away by this one! It was definitely my favorite of the night and one of the best Beaujolais' I have ever had! Maybe It's a wine-geek wine and not so much of a crowd pleaser.
The Wine: "The Velvet Devil" Merlot, Washington State, 2014
What we tasted: Marachino Cherries, Black-Fruit, "Barnyard", Leather, "Grape Flintstone Vitamins", "A whiff of Ben-gay", vanilla and "Blueberry flavored Sharpie-marker"
What we Guessed: Shiraz, malbec, Cabernet/Merlot Blend, tempranillo, and "something cheap"
What we Thought: The fun thing about wine is that everyone has different tastes. What tastes good to me might not taste good to you. Like the other wines we tasted, we had lovers of this wine and haters. "I like it" said one taster, "Rich and good" said another and another declared it the "best in the show". Others liked it less. One taster guessed that it was "Franzia", another asked if "it had been left in the trunk of a car", another called it "varietally indistinct" and accused it of being "manipulated". I guess one person's Petrus is someone else's Franzia.