Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wine Tasting

So, mostly as a joke, a co-worker and I created a club. Yeah, just like we were 12 or something. Anyhoo, we were just having fun, I mean, working really hard on an important project, no, two important projects simultaneously, excelling at both, with one hand tied behind our backs. But I digress, we some-what created a wine tasting club and our first gathering was this past Friday. Though our membership is relatively low (maybe we should reduce the membership dues) we had a great time.

Interestingly, two of us brought the same wine, 2007 Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel. Also, interestingly, they tasted completely different. The first was smooth and fruity with a lasting finish while the second was a bit harsh and the flavor seemed to fall of a cliff at the end. We speculated that the temperature was the culprit as one was stored in a wine cooler and the other in a car - but not knowing which was which we can't say which was better. Hopefully the wine cooler or else we wasted a bunch of money. The other bottle is a Sauvignon Blanc which Laura and I have been evading since we were overloaded with several with a heavy alfalfa aroma that has haunted us ever since. This one however was pleasantly surprising. Another good thing about blind tasting. The Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc that we tasted was from Chile which may contribute to our re-acceptance of the varietal as the previous ones were from California. So we will probably re-explore this one as it would be refreshing on a warm Spring day.

On another note, a few weeks back Laura and I (mostly I) enjoyed a Franciscan Merlot. I highly recommend this one if you are in the market for a great merlot. A heavenly aroma, soft and smooth, full-bodied and juicy, with a long finish.

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