A Wine Tasting

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Joe & I hosted a wine tasting party in our home this weekend. The whole idea started with some of Joe's coworkers wanting to know more about wine….. the talking spurred the idea of having a "find good cheap wine" event. 

 

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So we went to the store and picked out over a dozen bottles of wine, all under $15. Some were favorites of ours and some we'd never had before. We made some appetizers and a chocolate dessert too. Our guests all arrived and contributed some cash to a mason jar to help offset the wines we purchased. Everyone had a price list of the wines and a pencil to mark which ones they enjoyed.

 

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It was totally fun! And we felt like real grown ups hosting it! The kids even had their own tastings of several flavors of sparkling cider and polished off a few plates of smoked salmon dip and cheese and crackers. Oh yes, and the chocolate cake too!

 

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Our in house artist decorated tags for Joe's homebrewed wine, which to no surprise won hands down in the Chardonnay department. Our reds are still a little young, they need to age for another 6 months, but they still tasted very good and we're quite excited about tasting them again at winter's end. After purchasing this much wine at one time, I must say brewing your own wine saves a LOAD of money! Our Chardonnay for example costs under $70 to produce 30 bottles and tastes better than any $15 bottle we've tried.

 

And just for fun, a list of winners!

Reds::

Black Castle "Bulls Blood" Bikaver $11.99 (a dark red)

Route : 1 Cabernet Sauvignon $11.99 (dry dark red)

Coppola Malbec $11.29 (a mellow red, a favorite of mine!)

Maipe Malbec $11.99 (fabulous!)

Bogle Petite Syrah $8.98 (a light red)

Cono Sur Pinot Noir $13.88 (a light red)

Brazin Old Vine Zin $12.29 (lovely light red)

 

Whites::

Joe's Chardonnay $2.35 (a fabulous homebrew!)

Newman's Own Chardonnay $8.75 (dry white)

Martin Codax Albarino $13.79 (dry white)

Black Castle Sauvignon Blanc $11.19 (smooth buttery white, not sweet)

Clos Du Bois Sauvignon Blanc $9.99 (smooth & buttery white, not sweet)

 

Cheers!

 

9 thoughts on “A Wine Tasting

  1. Have always wanted to do this! Very cool.
    You know there’s a Miner Family Vineyards in Napa, right? Some nice, modestly priced selections. We love to give as gifts since our last name is Miner as well, though no relation. Cheers!

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