GRAPE MADNESS – THIS JUST IN!
Injuries seem to be plaguing March Madness and Grape Madness is not immune. Super taster MG was supposed to be going through the following line up, but a sore throat and clogged nose temporarily sidelined this wine coaching superstar.
A few Zucols and some meds and this wine master should be up and sniffing this weekend!
See the line up, hear some predictions from the self proclaimed expert and see the results next week…
And keep checking grapemadness.com to see all results in this first ever wine taste-off. This is the start of something big!
1) 2007 Renwood Zinfandel (Lodi, CA) ($18.99)
8) 2007 Rockbrook California Merlot (Sonoma) ($2.99)
Renwood is a known Zin entity, and the Rockbrook was at the back of the store by the bathroom… Seriously. When I was being directed to a wine under $5… their equivalent of Two Buck Chuck, but double the price, that is how I was sent… “Head to the back corner of the store, by the bathroom.” Scary… you better believe it. I’m going with the Renwood… and by a Parker mile.
2) 2007 Tapiz Malbec (Mendoza-Aregentina) ($16.99)
7) 2006 Rockbrook California Cabernet (Sonoma) ($2.99)
Again, the wine closest to the bathroom or an Argentinian Malbec… You tell me… I’m going with the Malbec, and not just because it is becoming more and more popular… That’s not how I pick my players. I dig the Malbec and am guessing it will provide me at least $15 more of drinking enjoyment!
3) 2006 Blackstone California Merlot (Woodbridge) ($10.99)
6) 2007 Penfold’s Rawson’s Retreat Shiraz-Cabernet (Australia) ($8.99)
This is the real toss up, in my mind… I liked the idea of tasting Blackstone, since it seems to be ubiquitous with every wine list in any restaurant in the country. And Penfold’s always means good quality… Hmmm… I’m gonna go with the Blackstone, because it’s immediate drink-ability (Sorry, Budweiser) may win out!
4) 2006 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
(Columbia Valley, WA) ($9.49)
5) 2007 Talus Pinot Noir (Vins De Pay De L’Herault) ($8.99)
Okay… another toss up… I was wrong. The guy at Bev Mo raved about the Talus… and Columbia Crest… good winery, but lower end Cab… Hmmm… I should be able to tell which is which, which may affect by objectivity… but I will do my Boy Scout best!