Monday, March 16, 2009

Que Syrah Syrah!

Well, our little wine tasting event went quite well on Friday. We ended up having 5 couples join us! We were so shocked that everyone was able to be there! Although I did scramble a bit for the wine glasses as I had broken one the night before (only me.).

Each couple arrived with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that Kyle quickly concealed in a paper bag with a designated letter on it. All the bottles were opened and one by one we tasted the wine and ranked each on a score sheet. We ranked based on Aroma, Taste, Appearance, Lasting Taste and overall enjoyment.

We had seven wines to go through and as we went down the list people enjoyed some while pouring out others! Thank goodness for the splash bucket! We enjoyed some Aged Cheddar and Aged Parmesan cheeses to bring out different flavors in the Cabernet and we also had a few treats prepared that we had enjoyed on our trip to Paso Robles last month. We served a chimmichurri spread as well as a Cantellinni Bean Spread and some yummy toasted bread with Italian seasonings and grapeseed oil.

Everyone munched on the food and sipped the wine and at the end Kyle added up all the scorecards and there was a clear winner! The couple who brought the most liked wine received a prize after the tasting. They won a stainless steel wine pourer like the one Kyle and I used for the party. That was a really fun part of the night – we then compared the price differences and ages of the wine and would you believe it the wine that won the prize was under 10 dollars in price and a 2006. We had wine up to about 25 dollars and as much as 6 years old and we were all surprised at the winner.

For your information – it was a Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.

After some dessert and visiting we called it a night! It was a fun experience and we both hope to host many more wine parties in the future!