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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!

November 4th Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Le Grand St-Vincent Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France 2014

What we Tasted: Pink Grapefruit, Peach, Minerals, Stone Fruit, Flint, "Bamboo-Stones", Pear Apricot, Celery

What we Thought: A crowd pleaser! Our panel thought it would work well as a porch sipper on its own or with a meal.

What we Guessed: Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, and Loire valley Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine: Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2014

What we Tasted: Green Apple, Tropical stone-fruit, Citrus, Unripe Mango, Papaya

What we Thought: Our panel didn't get much from the nose, one comapring it to "water" and one saying it "burned" like Vodka. We liked it more once we tasted it. Most everyone agreedthat it was a "pleasant social wine" and "Nice".

What we Guessed: Unoaked Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine: Mark West Pinot Noir, California, 2013

What we tasted: earth, Smoke, barnyard floor, Cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate, "firework gunpowder"

What we Thought: Overall a hit with our panel. "Balanced" and "easy drinking", summed it up, with one panelist saying it would "jump out with the right food".

What we Guessed: Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir

The wine: Haarth Malbec, Argentina, 2013

What we Tasted: Plums, "rubber glove", Alcohol, Black cherries, Goji Berry, "blackberry schnaps", coffee, spice, cedar, Tobacco

What we thought: Another hit this week! Our panel enjoyed the big, tannic flavor and dark fruit.

What we Guessed: Malbec, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet

 

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October 7th Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Riff Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy 2014

What we tasted: Citrus, pear, apple, floral, department store perfume, Spice, mineral, sour lemon drop, bell pepper and a "touch of remorse"

What we thought: Overall a pretty popular wine! Very floral and interesting for an $11 bottle of wine.

What we Guessed: Old-World Viognier, Something Northern-Italian, Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine: La Perla Viura, Rioja, Spain, 2014

What we Tasted: Tropical/pineapple, Play-Doh, Chalk, "Circus Peanut Marshmallow Candies", Old apples, and Dishwater

What we Thought: "tastes like a Biltmore Wine" (sorry to our friends at Biltmore), "Great nose but disappointing flavor", "finishes like a mouth full of pennies". Sorry to La Perla, this one wasn't a crowd favorite.

What we Guessed: Cheap Pinot Grigio, Gavi di gavi, Chenin Blanc

The Wine: Grayson Zinfandel, California, 2013

What we Tasted: Smoky, pruny, "old oak", Forest floor, "Funky fruit roll-up", Goji Berry, Chocolate, and Raisins

What we Thought: We were divided on this one. Some liked it, "nice finish", and some didn't "Not pleasant", and "Hangover Wine"

What we guessed: Rioja, Tempranillo, Barolo, Zinfandel, and Malbec

The Wine: Paso a Paso Tempranillo, La Mancha, Spain, 2013

What we Tasted: menthol, Spice, Blackberry, Tobacco, Licorice, Earth and Potting Soil

What we Thought: I didn't like it, but many of our crew did, one suggesting it would be a good "Thanksgiving wine". Not bad for a $10.99 wine!

What we guessed: Corvina, Barbera, merlot, and "Cheap Valpolicella"

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September 2nd Wine Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Valle Dorado Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2014

What we Tasted: Lemongrass, Citrus, Burnt-Match, floral, Bamboo-Pebbles, Chalky, baby-Diapers

What we thought: Finishes like licking a battery. Nondescript flavor. More smell than taste. Not a crowd favorite!

What we guessed: Vinho Verde, Watery Pinot Grigio, Mineral Water

The Wine: 10 Span Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, California, 2013

What we tasted: Fruity, Cork, Woody, American Oak, Lemon Peel, Peach, Peanut Butter, Pear

What we thought: Better Chardonnay than most. Good Quality. Too much oak. most liked this wine!

What we Guessed: Southern California Chardonnay, Oregon/Washington State Chardonnay

The Wine: "Good" merlot, Veneto, Italy, 2012

What we Tasted: Pomegranate, blackberries, a little oak, Some earth, black cherry, dates/raisins, Bowl of berries

What we thought: Not a bad table wine

What we Guessed: Piedmont Barbera, Corvina or low quality Valpolicella, "Limp  Merlot". At least we got that it was Italian!

The Wine: Finca La Linda Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012

What we Tasted: Some flora on nose, Goji-berry, natural fruit roll-up, clay, cherry, some oak, Cranberry, Leather, Raisins

What we thought: Great wine! Very balanced.

What we Guessed: Tempranillo, Rioja, Malbec, Zinfandel

 

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Blind Tasting at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Well the Asheville Wine & Food festival has come and gone again, and as always it was wonderful to attend! The Blind Tasting League was there with both Andy and Anita showing sold out crowds how blind tasting is done for both wine and beer! I was thrilled to be asked back to demonstrate the basics of deductive blind tasting not once, but twice to two seperate groups of people! Our resident beer expert Anita Riley showed a sold out crowd that blind tasting isn't just for wine, it can be done with Beer as well.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and especially to Sommelier Eric Crane who educated and entertained the crowd with me! 

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Blind Tasting Notes from October 15th

1. Champteloup Sauvignon Blanc 2012

What we say:

A popular bright, crisp Sauvignon Blanc with depth, elegance and a full-flavored grassy-lemon freshness. Touraine wines represent some of the best value examples of Sauvignon Blancs from anywhere in the world.

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“B.O. ish”

“Peach”

“Cinnamon” 

2. Keo Chardonnay 2012

What we say:

A rich and creamy chardonnay from La Rioja Argentina, a mile high valley in the Andes.  These old world vines are tranformed into new world wines with complexity and charm.

What The Blind Tasting League said:

“Pound Cake”

“Cream Cheese Icing”

3. Chateau Monestier La Tour Rouge 2012

What we say:

A Bordeaux red blend from one of our favorite wine makers, Michele D'Aprix, the only american woman vintner in bordeaux.  Chateau Monestier is, in a word, balance. A blend of 65% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. You might think that "balance" is a throw away wine talk descriptor until you taste an unbalanced wine! It is this balance that makes the wine smooth so that the flavors are all smoothly there without jagged edges and starts that go nowhere.

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“Garnet-y”

“Hair Salon-ish”

“Getting the cat tongue”

4. Keo Cabernet 2011

What we say:

A fruity blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  Notes of blackberries, dried fruit and spices give this blend structure and depth.  From the same wine maker as our chardonnay, a mile up in the Andes.  You can't make this anywhere else!

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“Silly Putty”

“Jackson Pollock-y”

“Trick-or-treat bag”

 

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