Monday, February 26, 2007

Winos unite

About a dozen of us got together Saturday to drink wine out of paper bags, write down what we thought, then see which one we liked best. It was a blind tasting (right), a classy affair, to be sure. Here's a sampling of what people had to say about the different selections.

Bin No. 2. "Cherry tobacco." "Makes me want to eat steak." This one turned out to be a 2001 De Loach zinfandel. Average score: 7.

Bin No. 3. "Eeech." "Boone's Farm." That's what you get when you buy a bottle based on the name: Bitch. It's a 2005 barossa grenache. Average score: 4.

Bin No. 6. The Clos de los Siete malbec blend took overall honors, but its victory is marred by controversy -- the person who brought it gave it a 10. Average score: 8.

Bin No. 7. "Drinkable. Sweet like Scarlett Johansson." I could see why someone would think that. It was very full bodied. A 2002 Benziger merlot. My pick for best in show. Average score: 7.

The biggest surprise of the night was that the $30 La Crema pinot noir scored the lowest, with a 3. Go figure.



Anonymous Meredyth R. said...

I resent the implied insult to Boone's.

February 26, 2007  
Blogger EC said...

FINALLY!! I have read your blog for months, and FINALLY you are starting to talk about something interesting. Law and Order drinking game, wine tasting...another round please.

February 26, 2007  
Anonymous Mrs. NB said...

Actually, I think the biggest surprise of the night is that I still feel hungover Monday morning. Go figure on that.

February 26, 2007  
Anonymous bean stringfellow said...


Thanks for throwing in the Ray Charles joke for us un-classy folk.

February 26, 2007  
Anonymous Sebastian Dangerfield said...

How do the wines rank by price? (I am more of a beer man, myself)

February 27, 2007  

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