A quick holiday weekend post.
I enjoy drinking wine with friends & colleagues, but my favorite wine tasting are BYOB “wine club” style tastings.
Simply put, gather anywhere from 4 to 12 (or however many you have room for) people and have everyone bring in comparable wines (same varietal, vintage, country of origin, etc). I’m a fan of the blind tasting, but this can be done blind or not. The wines are opened and moving through a wine at a time, the group gets to taste multiple wines for the cost of a bottle, and discuss said wines with the group.
In general these discussion are compelling & educational. When done blind, they are also generally pretty funny…and humbling!
About 10 of us gathered last week for a kosher BYOB tasting – our only theme being cost – that the wine should retail for >$40. There were 6 wines from Israel including a Castel Grand Vin, Yatir Forest, Single Vineyard Kayoumi Shiraz from Carmel, Bustan Merlot (that seemed to be corked) and two single vineyard Merlot’s from Yarden. We also had a French Wine (’99 Giscours) and a Cali Cab (City Winery Obsidian Ridge).
The tasting seemed to be enjoyed by all. Though we tasted blind, we knew ahead of time what the 8 wines to be tasted were. And by process of elimination, some of us successfully guessed which wine we were tasting. A feat not typically easily achieved – we decided that there are too few kosher wines if we were able to successfully guess the wines.
Overall it was an enjoyable experience and I’m already looking forward to the next club meeting.
Happy Wine Club blind wine tasting.