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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!

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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Tasting Notes From Blind Tasting Wednesday, September 3rd

1.       1. La Cala Vermentino 2011

What we say: 

This is a dry Italian white wine from the island of Sardegna.  One of Kermit Lynch’s top two grapes for this year.

What The Blind Tasting League said:

“So fresh it’s from the future!”

“It’s definitely not red!”

“Reminds me of…a water balloon?”

 

 

2.      2. Domaine Jean Touzout Macon Villages 2012 Chardonnay

What we say:

A super refreshing white reminiscent of green apples and flowers.

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“Apples, no, pears, no… pineapple?”

“I’m getting a hint of floral.”

“It reminds me of the Holiday Inn.”

 

3.      3. Les Heritiques  2011 Carignan Blend

What we say: 

A staff favorite and very drinkable French Carignan blend from one of our favorite women vitners.

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“Notes of Kool-Aid”

“Reminds me of homemade blackberry pie”

 

4.       4.The Crusher 2011 Petite Sirah blend

What we say:

A proven crowd pleaser!  88% Petite Sirah, 6% Pinot Nior, 6% Alicante Buoschet, and 100% delicious!  This wine gets an extra added umph from the soil that was previously a beet farm. 

What the Blind Tasting League said:

“Colors that end in ‘urple’”

 

“Is anyone else tasting Cheerwine?” (In case you’re reading this from outside our region, Cheerwine is rare vintage only available South Eastern U.S.  It is often compared to Cherry Dr. Pepper, but that’s only by those with less refined palettes.)

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Blind tasting at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival

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Blind tasting at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival

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Catching our breath!

Hey blind tasters,

We are recovering from a crazy weekend at the Asheville Wine and Food Festival! Our class was supposed to be for the first 40 people, but we made room for a few extras and ended up with a full house of 43 people! Advanced Sommelier Eric Crane came up from Atlanta and shared his knowledge with all of us, I learned quite a bit myself! This is a guy who is studying for his Master Somm exam, the hardest test in the world. Wines were tasted and I got 3 out of 4, a personal best. In short, it was a good day!
We are taking this week to recover from the weekend, but we will be back at our regularly scheduled time and place next wednesday, September the 3rd. Join us for some blind tasting action!
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