Wednesday, March 24, 2010

See No Vino

The best way to learn about wine is by tasting it. The best way to truly assess wine for its true flavor is by tasting it blind. For the African American Interest Group with Accenture, I hosted a blind wine tasting of 6 wines from African American winemakers. Chardonnay - Sugarleaf Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon & Riesling - Vision Cellars, Zinfandel - Brown Estate, Barolo - Carafe WineMakers, Sauvignon Blanc - Fair Valley. Each guest got a card with 3 white wine descriptions and 3 red wine descriptions. They were to walk around and taste each wine, which were designated by colored ribbons on the neck of the bottle, and match the wines they tasted to the wine description. Sound easy enough? Let's see how well you do!

1. Concentrated apricots give way to crisp refreshing peaches and nectarine flavors which mingle in your mouth. The honeysuckle and lavender merge on the finish as you sit back and enjoy each mouthwatering sip
2. A nose of citrus and apple leading to a fruit forward rich palate of oak, spice, and toasted vanilla lingering through a crisp round finish
3. Pale straw color with a greenish tinge. Fresh lime and mineral aromas with a zesty mouthfeel. Hints of capsicum on the nose with pear fruit flavors and good acidity

1. Dense crimson color with a clue scarlet rim leads to a fragrant nose of exotic Asian apple mouthful of soft, silky texture that gives way to ripe, forward fruit balanced with layers of complexity. Cascading flavors of blackberries, black cherries, cappuccino, and tobacco lead to herbaceous earthiness with undertones of big game, fresh sage, and rosemary
2. Full flavored, medium bodied with hints of warm black fruits, plums and toasted oak
3. Aromas of blackberry and deep ripe plum. In the mouth its focus is on cherry and currant, while finishing with layers of wild cherry and Jamaican spice

Oh, you thought I was going to tell you what is what?! HAHA! You'll have to email me or leave a comment with your guesses first. Good luck!

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