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At each Blind Tasting League gathering, using the techniques of the masters, you will learn how to identify the grape, country of origin and more and more as we progress through the wide world of wine. You can pick and choose the classes but the more you come, the more you learn!

July 6th Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Pierre Sparr Riesling, Alsace, France, 2013

What we Tasted: Green Apple, Pineapple, Minerals, Diesel Fuel, Lemon, Wet Stones, "New Tennis Shoe", Grassy/Herbal, "Deflated Pool Toy"

What we Guessed: Italian Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, South American Sauvignon Blanc, Alsatian Riesling

What we Thought: After our tasters finished making sour faces from the high levels of acidity in this wine, most agreed that it was a pretty enjoyable wine. I had a lot of comments about drinking it outside. "Good for hanging out on the deck" said one taster, "A good porch wine" said another and another said it was "easy drinking". A few tasters mentioned that the finish was rather short and didn't "stick around". Everyone was surprised by how dry this wine was!

The Wine: Triennes "Sainte Fleur" Viognier, Provence, France, 2014

What we Tasted: Passion Fruit, Pear, Honey, Peach, "Model Airplane Glue", Gum, "White Gummy Bear", Chalky, "Orange Blossom", Creamy, Smoke, "Lapsang Souchong Tea" and Hay.

What we Guessed: American Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde, French Chardonnay, French Viognier

What we Thought: This one really woke up our taste buds! The flavors in this wine were very different and interesting, prompting one taster to comment that it was "Complex" and another to say that it was "Weird". Although it was a hard one to guess correctly, most of us really enjoyed drinking it.

The Wine:  Altaroses Granatxa, Montsant, Spain, 2014

What we tasted: "Light Ripe Cherry", Plum, Currant, raspberry, "Black Cherry Jell-o", Black pepper, Blackberry, Green Pepper.

What we Guessed: Sangiovese Blend, Merlot, Barbera, "Low-cost Nebbiolo", Northern Italian Cabernet Franc, New World Grenache.

What we Thought: Our tasting panel was divided on this on this wine. We mostly either loved it or hated it. Comments on this one ranged from "I wouldn't pay more than $12 for this" to "very Nice". Most of us really enjoyed it and thought it would be a very versatile food pairing wine. This wine was passed around a lot and had it's photo taken many, many times.

The Wine: House of Independent Producers Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington State, 2012

What we Tasted: Pepper, "Dirty-fruit", Cranberry, Strawberry, Currants, Baked flavors, "Merlot-ish".

What we Guessed: California Zinfandel, Merlot, Spanish Tempranillo, and "something Spanish".

What we Thought: This one got a less extreme reaction from our panel than the last one. While most everyone thought it was enjoyable, fewer tasters said that they loved it or hated it. Most everyone just thought it was good. "I like it ok" said one taster, "It would be good with food"" said another. One admitted Merlot-hater was shocked to realize that he had enjoyed this wine! That's why Blind Tasting is so much fun. It's all about the wine. No prejudices or preconceived opinions about grape varietals, wine regions or producers.

 

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June 1st Blind Tasting Results

 

The Wine: Bocelli Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy, 2014

What we Tasted: Stone Fruit, "Unripe Pear", "Fruity Dishwater", Mineral, "WD-40", "Jet Fuel", Citrus, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle, "Cinderblock", & Apple

What we Guessed: French Chenin Blanc, North Eastern Italian Pinot Grigio

What we Thought: We mostly liked this one although a few of our tasters thought it was more mediocre. "meh" said one taster, "Not my style" said another and another taster just shrugged. Most of us enjoyed the mild flavor although one taster said it would "depend on what I had to eat with it".

 

The Wine: Le Grand St-Vincent Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France, 2015

What we Tasted: "Cat-Pee", varnish, gardenia, lemon/lime, Grapefruit, Floral, Pineapple, Gravel, Thyme, flint, & Asparagus

What we Guessed:  Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc (We nailed it!)

What we Thought: This one started off bad and then grew on our tasting panel. The very first comments were about it smelling like cat pee, but after that our tasters reported more mineral and herbal flavors. Comments included "I Like it now, I didn't at first", "Better than the first" and "I'll bet it would be good with trout" although one taster reported that he "couldn't get out of the litterbox". To me it was a great alternative to pricey Sancerre!

 

The Wine: Saint Evasio Barbera, Piedmont, Italy, 2014

What we Tasted: Cherry, barnyard, Earthy, Raspberry, Vanilla, Smoked Meats, "Wet Granite", "Chicken coop", Rosemary & "Wet Earth"

What we Guessed: French Syrah, Languedoc Pinot Noir, Rhone Blend, Italian Barbera and Tuscan Sangiovese

What we Thought: this one was pretty popular with our team. Most everyone enjoyed the flavor, especially for a wine that retails around $11! There were a few tasters who said it "Needs food" and another  who even said it "Needs meat". Definitely a food wine, but a pretty good Pinot Noir alternative for the price.

 

The Wine: Cune Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain, 2012

What we tasted: Wood, Tobacco, Flowers, Black Cherry, Vanilla, Black Currant, Blueberry, Plum, & "good dirt"

What we Guessed: Spanish tempranillo (Seriously, everybody got this one right! The only thing we couldn't agree on was whether it was from Rioja or Ribero del Duero)

What we Thought: This one was a popular one with our crew. "very mild" said one taster, "Love this one" said another, yet another taster said it had "No bite" and was "smooth". One taster declared that she wanted "a bathroom spray" that smelled like this wine. Pretty high praise, I guess?

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May 4th Blind Tasting Results

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.

 

 

 

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April 6th Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2014

What we Tasted: Pear, Apricot, Honeydew, Red Apple, Honey, White Flowers

What we Guessed: S. American Torrontes, American Pinot Gris, European Chenin Blanc, & S. African Chenin Blanc

What we Thought: Our panel enjoyed it, but wasn’t in love with it. “I think it’s pretty clean” said one taster, another said it wasn’t “too sharp” meaning it wasn’t too acidic. I think this summed up our opinions, “It’s likeable enough. Like Obama said about Hillary.” Wow. Just wow!

The Wine: Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay, Chile, 2015

What we Tasted: Flowery minerality, “Marshmallow Fluff”, Guava, Burnt-Sugar, a Little Oak, Honeydew Melon & Honey

What we Guessed: French Viognier, Chardonnay Blend, & California Chardonnay

What we Thought: Our panel was strongly divided on this one, they loved it or hated it. Some of the comments were “Nice Nose”, “More pleasant than the last” and one commented that it would be “great for a garden party”. A few others dissented. “I’m not big on it” one said, another didn’t “like the finish”, and one simply said “Meh”.

The Wine: Araucano Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2013

What we Tasted: Black Cherry, Vanilla, Red Berry, “Cherry Cough Syrup”, “Fruity Deal”, Pepper & Bacon

What we Guessed: California Zinfandel & Australian Shiraz

What we Thought: This one was a big hit with our group, many thought it was the best in the lineup. The big fruit prompted one to comment that it was “Definitely American”. No one successfully guessed that it was Carmenere (but that’s a really tough one), although everyone enjoyed tasting it!

The Wine: Grayson Cellars Zinfandel, California, 2014

What we Tasted: Strawberry, “Wet Tree Bark”, “Garden Shed”, Orange Peel, Dried Fruit, Dried Cranberries, “Cinnamon Red Hots” and “Blackberry Cotton Candy”

What we Guessed: German Pinot Noir, Gamay Beaujolais, Grenache, Cotes du Rhone blend

What we Thought: This one also was controversial with our panel. Some of the comments were “I’m not big on it” and “Not very good”, although there were also those who said “I like it”, called it “Aromatic” and it was the best in show for two of our tasters! Most everyone thought it was pretty good for a wine under $12.

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March 2nd Blind Tasting Results

 

The Wine: Bodega Gratia Sauvignon Blanc, Valle De Uco,  Argentina, 2013

What we tasted: Apple, Honeysuckle, Unripe Pear, Wet Slate, Citrus and Granite

What we Guessed: South American Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, Northern Italian Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling

What we Thought: This was a popular wine with our tasting panel. Most everyone agreed that it was a very enjoyable wine and would probably pair very well with seafood.

The Wine: Novellum Chardonnay, Pays D'Oc, France, 2014

What we tasted: "Juicy Fruit Gum", Vanilla, peachy, over-ripe melon, Dial Soap, Allspice, White Pepper and "Fake Flowers"

What we Guessed: Alsatian Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay/Semillon Blend

What we Thought: Another popular wine! The nose on it was incredible! Apparently, the wine was aged on Viognier Lees, giving it a very complex, spicy flavor which I loved, but only one of us guessed it was Chardonnay.

The Wine: Calcu Cabernet Franc, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2012

What we Tasted: Black Cherry, "Chocolate covered strawberries", Vanilla, Raspberry, Spice, Nutmeg, and Herbaceous

What we Guessed: French Syrah, Italian Nebbiolo, Grenache/Syrah, S. American Cabernet Sauvignon

What we Thought: Again, our panel really enjoyed this one. I, personally, enjoyed the tannic bite, while others enjoyed the "velvety" flavor of the wine. Definitely one of the biggest Cabernet Francs I have ever tried and a fantastic value!

The Wine: Punto Final Malbec, Argentina, 2014

What we Tasted: Diesel Fuel, Cinnamon & Spice, Clove, "Blackberry Pie", Iodine, Cement, Ammonia and Pepper

What We Guessed: Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Sangiovese and "Cheap-Merlot"

What we Thought: Not a popular one with our tasting panel. "Unbalanced", "Finishes like Hairspray" and "Good if it was $4". One taster noted that it smelled like "Blackberry Pie", but after tasting it changed it to "Canned Blackberry Pie Filling". We also had a hard time guessing what we were drinking, we thought it was a little "Varietally Indestinct".

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