Monday, December 29, 2008

December Wine Tasting ~ Shiraz

We had our December Wine Tasting on the 19th... here's our review!

We had 3 different bottles of Shiraz. And I'm pretty sure that I already recycled them, so I don't have the intros from all the bottles... I'll check the interwebs to see what I can find.

Once again we were tasting with Drew & Ericka (who got married today BTW!)

This is Ericka & Drew

This is me & Jon

First up, Jon chose Virgin Vines....

Name: Virgin Vines by Richard Branson
Price: $9.99
Year: 2006

PHOTO of bottle

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
Ok... I didn't really see anything online and the bottle is already gone.

Review: Color is deep purple
Jon thought it tasted sour.
I thought it tasted like wine and made a yucky face.
Ericka - big backend (the wine not Ericka) not much up front (again, the wine, not Ericka) or in the middle
Drew... ummm... no notes from Drew!

Would you buy again?: Probably not... but it was a pretty bottle.
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: ummmm... I dunno


Note aforementioned yucky face


Drew & Ericka chose the Ravenswood & Wolf Blass

Name: Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz
Price: $10.99
Year: 2006
PHOTO of bottle

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
This Shiraz is part of the Yellow Label range of single varietal wines sourced from premium vineyards throughout South Australia. Following fermentation, this wine underwent partial oak maturation, resulting in a rich, well structured Shiraz, that exhibits attractive plum, spice and pepper characters, good length of flavor and can be enjoyed now or cellared for several years. Screw caps were used to ensure freshness and preserve the character of the wine.

Review: color - deep purple red
Jon... no note from Jon
Me... mellower than the Virgin... very mellow after gherkin, nicer w/blue cheese & gouda... not sweet.... YUCK w/chocolate
Ericka - bigger after dark chocolate
Drew - oaky & smokey

Would you buy again?:I wouldn't... Drew probably would

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: ummm... again... I dunno


Name: Ravenswood Vinters Blend
Price: $11.99
Year: 2005

PHOTO of bottle

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: Delicious, rich, luscious wine full of dark fruit characters, chocolate and spice for which Shiraz is renowned. No wimpy wines, mate!

Review: deep purple red color
me - a little sweeter after gherkin
Ericka - not big & bold (mate!)
Jon - reminds him of port
Drew - no note from Drew

Would you buy again?: nope!

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: sorry... none


Ok... when compared with each other this is the order that we liked them.

Me... for Shiraz... they all tasted the same and I couldn't choose one over the other.
Jon... Ravenswood, Wolf Blass, Virgin
Ericka... Ravenswood, Wolf Blass, Virgin
Drew... Wolf Blass, Ravenswood, Virgin

I did like the Shiraz better than Malbec mixed with 7up to make a wine cooler!

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Michele said...

The face is classic! I love it! Great idea to post about the wine tasting events!

Spryte said...

Yeah... I make that face a lot during these events!