Dads, and guys in general, most of you have your own favorites. Your go-to. If you run in the store, you know were to grab your favorite chips, coffee, power-bars, etc. Whatever's your staple, you know were to find it quick, and you want it on hand.
With that idea, a friend of mine was looking for his own house wine. I love sharing tastings at my home with others, so I was surprised when we went to a friend's house and he had a tasting all set up on our arrival. He was looking for a wine he could grab when friends came over, for holidays, or to enjoy with his microwaved left-overs after work. His own go-to wine.
But first, which wine to choose?
Four of us were tasting while the kids played cards. I was one of the lucky ones to taste and throw my two cents into the mix.
The Mission: to Blind taste six wines and help my friend choose a house wine.
1. The wines labels were covered so we couldn't discriminate or taste with our bias. Just taste the wine and evaluate it for what it is. None of this, “I don't like wines from this region.” or “I don't drink Cab.”
2. Choose a wine from California.
3. Find a red wine that would go with a variety of grilled foods and home cooking.
4. It needed to be in the $10 range.
5. The selection included Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and a red blend.
6. Choose a wine to purchase by the case, get the case discount, and have it on stock.
We got down to the business of tasting and commenting. One of the tasters was a Pinot Noir fan and her favorite wine had some of the delicate flavors of a Pinot. Another taster liked Cab. He choose a wine mirroring the deep flavors, kind tannins, and medium acids of a Cab. I liked a wine with hints of spice, black pepper, a bit tart with high tannins.
And the topper, the host blind tasted and was surprised to find that he chose the latest vintage of the wine he'd previously been buying. The matter was settled. He'd keep buying his go-to wine by the case. I won't tell you which wine he chose because that's his story. But each of us had our own favorites and all would have chosen a different wine—our own go-to house wine.
It was an adventure blind tasting six reds—without knowing the varietal, the region, or the winemaker!
It was a chance to taste and decide which wine I liked purely on the basis of, “which wine
would I like to try again." I think drinking wine should be like that in general.
The story and the making of a wine are important, but
so is the simple question of whether you enjoy drinking it.
I know I go on about trying new wines, but sometimes we have our favorites.
Our go-to that just sits right with us. Those are the ones that make for a great house wine.
Here's to you Dads. Thank you for being there for us!
May your Father's Day be filled with your favorites!
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