I recently hosted a wine tasting event for my daughter’s birthday and her friends.  The evening was enjoyed by all and I was challenged with many thoughtful questions.  The girls are serious to learn about wines and have requested that I start “blogging” about wine topics.  So here comes the first edition of e-blasts from “Bob the WineGuy”.

The tasting theme for the event was (a) only domestic wines, (b) retail price below $20, and (c) brands widely available at retail stores.

We tasted eight wines (tasting notes in the enclosed attachment) which included a white blend from Oregon, a Rosé from California, five reds (blend, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and zinfandel) from California and Washington State, and a Mondavi Moscato from California.  The unanimous choices for the best-liked wines were LOUIS MARTINI Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon and CHERRY TART Pinot Noir.  The least-favored wines were COPPOLA ‘Sofia’ Rosé and DECOY Merlot.

The rating of the wines was:

  1. 2012 Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon – region Sonoma County, California
  2. 2012 Cherry Tart Pinot Noir – regions Sonoma and Monterey counties , California
  3. 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend) – region Columbia Valley, Washington
  4. 2011 Ghost Pines Zinfandel – region California
  5. 2012 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Moscato d’Oro – region Napa county, California
  6. NV (non-vintage) 17th Edition Sokol Evolution White Blend– region Willamette Valley, Oregon
  7. 2012 Francis Ford Coppola ‘Sofia’ Rose – region
  8. 2011 Decoy Merlot