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