The Young Winos and Weygandt Wines co-hosted a blind tasting last night where we featured Loire Valley wines up against the same grapes from different regions. People were allowed to bring their own bottle of popular Loire grapes to compare. All wines were in paper bags, keeping them completely anonymous to the tasters, labeled only by numbers.
However, it was great to discuss with other Winos their thoughts on what it could be and why. A lot of knowledge was shared and questions answered. We were learning from each other, exactly how wine tastings should be, in my opinion.
Once all of the wines were revealed, many of us were wrong in our guesses but hey, that's ok! I didn't expect to be right, I expected to learn things I didn't know, taste different wines side by side to see how they compare and maybe come across a new variety!
All in all, those things were accomplished. I had never tasted Pinot D'Aunis (that I know of) and luckily that was Number 3 as a rosé. Pinot D'Aunis is a lesser known grape variety that is grown in the Loire Valley and this particular wine was from the Touraine region, on the eastern side of the Valley. One wine that got a lot of attention was the Celler Escoda-Sanahuja, a Chenin Blanc from Spain. This Chenin Blanc had the weirdest nose I've ever smelt. Strong aromas of burnt popcorn were prevalent and others noted "woof" as their remark. Needless to say, this was a rather harsh white wine and no one knew what grape or where it was from. Who knew it was a Chenin Blanc?!
Conclusion: I suck at blind tasting especially when the options are endless! Maybe I'd be better with multiple choice options ;) I do, however, love that it's a great learning experience from fellow winos and professionals alike. The only way to improve...DRINK MORE!
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