I got this idea from a wine bar in San Francisco that does this every Tuesday night.
We ended up with 7 people to blind taste 6 wines. The wines were brought by the guests and were all in the “bistro red” category. The price point averaged about $12.
Everybody knew a little something about wine – one couple even subscribes to Wine Spectator. I was actually afraid that they might sandbag the event by bringing a $40 Shiraz but they played fair in the end and brought my favorite.
4 dozen wine glasses were rented (so that we didn’t resort to coloured plastic Ikea cups). The pours began and the wines were scrutinized.
There were some interesting results. One wine smelled like “pickle juice” – but tasted better than that. The wine that I liked best nobody else liked (not a good sign for a blogger – my only consolation was afterwards when I learned that Robert Parker Jr. gave it a 90 – good for me). The Ontario wine stood up well to the competition but in the end a French Cotes du Rhone got 4 out of 7 first place votes!
Full results will be posted later this week.