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vintner
10-27-2007, 12:40 PM
The DW belongs to this 'group'. It is her turn to host a party, and she suggested (and you can take that word anyway you want :wink:) that I do a wine tasting and sensory class for beginners.

Most of her group is not going to go out and buy the $20 and above, or even the $15, but if they do buy wines, they will be more likely to buy the $10 or under.

I figure four wine types that I consider 'primary' wines, so, I come up with BV Coastal, Chard, Sauv Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cab. They were on sale at less than $8.00. The wines are cheap, readily available, and consistent from year to year. They are not bold or exciting, but it is a beginners group and I donít think they would understand much beyond that.

I also wanted to contrast the BV chard an oaky chard, something to show the difference between a softer or buttery chard and the oaked chard. Any suggestions? I want to keep it cheap, and easily accessible.

I am also going to do something with the sensory area, taste and aroma. In the past, I have had plastic film containers with aroma makers in them: lemon, ginger, coffee, chocolate powder, vanilla and a few others. I used to do this whole thing with about a dozen aromas and a written test. I will do something on a much smaller scale.

After that, we have pot luck. A little food, a little wine (left over BV and some of my homemade wines), and about 20 people I donít know in my house. :(

bigfrank
10-27-2007, 01:10 PM
Don, I find some of the older BV wines go up in price, I have paid $30 a bottle.
Most beginners like Merlot over a Cab, A merlot is lighter and not as strong. Kendall Jackson Reserva is nice but that will put you in the $25-$30 range.

vinolover
10-27-2007, 05:11 PM
I'd add an Australian Shiraz. Something like Yellow Tail or Jacob's Creek would be in the $8 price range.

vintner
10-27-2007, 05:28 PM
Vino, thought about an Austrailian wine, fruit forward, etc. Here is my thought, most start with white and may go to red after they have more experience. And with the two styles of chard being so common, thought I would show those.

But then, as my mind wanders around a little, maybe that would give the people a chance to try more reds and not be afraid of them. Besides, I have liquid oak extract, I could always add oak to the chardonnay I already have.

lawren2
10-27-2007, 05:30 PM
Don, I find some of the older BV wines go up in price, I have paid $30 a bottle.
Most beginners like Merlot over a Cab, A merlot is lighter and not as strong. Kendall Jackson Reserva is nice but that will put you in the $25-$30 range.


I guess I'm easy AND a beginner. :p I love Merlot. I even named my horse Merlot (see Avatar). Blackstone has a nice one for about $9/bottle.

vinolover
10-28-2007, 04:41 PM
A fun contrast for the California chardonnay might be a French chardonnay. Georges Duboeuf or a B&G are good in that price range. Red Bicyclette is good (plus there's that darn cute label :) ).

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