diver_chazbo (diver_chazbo) wrote in in_vino_veritas,


teba13 and I had a party to celebrate my new job with friends. I did a blind wine tasting. Seven different wines from seven different countries. Six different grapes. The most popular seemed to be the Pichon Lalande, a French Bourdeaux. Which makes sense because it was a mature wine from my collection. A 1985. All the others were young.

Judy liked the South African Shiraz even though it was a bit young. She doesn't like wine however, so I don't know if she tasted them all. It doesn't matter, because she was so beautiful last night and charming as always.

I also finally got my Kistler Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from my friend Dave, as well as my Pahlmeyers Merlots and my Arroyos Cabs. He was holding them for me for almost two years because I was living overseas and just got back. I'm really looking forward to tasting them all.

Judy just stared at all the boxes of the wine sitting in our living room. I think boxes sitting in the house that don't come from zappos.com and contain shoes might confuse her.
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85 Lalande? nice! Do you have more detailed tasting notes?
Most of the participants in this tasting were novices so we did not take any formal tasting notes.

The idea was to get them interested in wine by showing them the vast variety of choices.

We had wines from South Africa (Shiraz), Argentina (Malbec), Austrailia (Shiraz), France (the LaLande), Italy (Tuscan- Sangiovese), US (Pinot Noir), Spain (Rioja).

I have a pretty extensive vertical of the LaLande and I have always found them a pleasure, but my favorite Bourdeaux is still Leoville Las Cases.

I have a pretty ex
Fantastic. Bordeaux-wise, I've always had a soft spot for Cos d'Estournel, and La Gaffeliere; although I'm really digging the Rhone and Burgundy (have you tried the '02s yet? Best vintage in a while) as well.
I have not had the chance to taste any 02s from France yet.

I have also been getting into Rhone wines lately. I like the smoke
and pepper flavors I get from some of them.

Any recommendations on something to try?
This good prodriving of time. I only have joined and is very glad to see on pages of many amateurs wine. Wine is my artwork