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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!

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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Tasting Notes From Blind Tasting Wednesday, October 1

1. Pierre Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2013

 

What we say: 

100% unoaked Sauvignon Blanc. Fruity aromas & fresh fruity palate with good acidity, hints of grapefruit. Good with sushi/fish.

 

What the Blind Tasting League says:

Skinny and slow legs

A little tennis ball on the nose

 

2. Pierre Henri Chardonnay 2013

What we say:

Minerals and a little grapefruit on the nose, with the minerality coming through on the palate, but deepening in to a riper flavor on the finish.

 

What the Blind Tasting League Says:

Aromas of Sassafras and Filet

This tastes like so much fun!

 

3. Pierre Henri Merlot 2012

What we say:

 This is a highly approachable wine that, at the price, does exactly what it should, and a good deal more.  It works really well with vegetable stews including peppers, tomatoes and garlic.

 

What the Blind Tasting League Says:

Cranberries

A tobacco-kinda-something

Cherries

 

4. Catena Malbec 2011

What we say:

The wine is lush and flavorful as you would expect from the varietal and the country. And, as with all wines made from older vineyard vines, years of what went into the soil went into the vines making the flavors plentiful and distinct. In this bottle of Catena Cabernet Sauvignon, you will find black raspberry laced with vanilla and tobacco. THAT is what old vine means! This is, to put it bluntly, all facts considered, price, quality, look, just a real good, real good, bottle. 

 

What the Blind Tasting League says:

Pretty new

Leathery

 

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Tasting Notes From Blind Tasting Wednesday, September 17th

1.1. Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

What we say:

 This white wine from South Africa offers beautiful layers of melon, grapefruit, and fleshy white pair. 5 month lees contact ensured

a mouth coating creaminess on the palate with a lively crisp acidity to finish off. This wine will be suited to creamy dishes as well

as light summer lunches. 

 

What the Blind Tasting League said: 

“Super clear”

“Fresh cut lawn”

“Mountain water”

“This would be great with artichokes”

 

22. Weinbiet Riesling Halbrocken 2009

What we say: 

Deceptive for a Reisling.  This tastes and feels more like a Chardonnay with a creamy mouth feel and just a touch of residual sugars.

 

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“Smells like leather”

“There’s a little paint thinner going on”

“Juicy fruit gum”

 

3. Parker Station Pinot Noir 2012

What we say: 

Medium to full bodied Pinot Noir with cherry, plum, and strawberry fruits.  Accents of spice, clove, and herbs.  Light oak.

 

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“Fireworks smoke”

“Licorice”

“Pickled Okra”

 

4. Sky Fall Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 

What we say:

Aromas of boysenberry, vanilla and dark chocolate. Flavors of ripe black cherry coupled with hints of butterscotch weave through the palate. Balanced acidity and polished tannins on the finish.

 

What the Blind Tasting Leauge said:

“Smells like a winery”

“Ocean floor”

“Fig”

 

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