Today’s wine blending event at Jefferson Vineyards ranks high up there with the amazing wine events we have attended since I’ve been blogging
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Our morning started off in foggy vineyards
New shirt is a TREE made of BIKES!! Biker’s rights! Be green! When I blog reader sent this to me and said it reminded her of me, I had to order it stat! I love shirts with a message : ) Order one here!
The objective today was to blend the perfect meritage. We had 4/5 of the Bourdeaux grapes to use straight from the barrels:
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauv.
- Petit Verdot
Thankfully I learned how useful spitting is when tasting LOTS of wine and used the technique today. Especially since we have a wine event tonight that I didn’t want to spoil with dehydration and burn out! Spitting was great and allowed me to keep my head clear and be the designated driver while tasting everything.
LOTS of chemistry in the form of beakers, milliliters and meniscuses (meniscusi?) was involved.
Thankfully Neeley and I let Matt do all of the hard work!
We all agreed that we loved the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and used the Cab Fran for the base of our blend. We ended up blending:
- 40% Cab Franc
- 30% Merlot
- 25% Petit Verdot
- 5% Cabernet Sauv.
Before tasting our blends, we paused for lunch
A delicious spread from Stixx kebob shop here in Cville
LOVED all the veggies! I had a veggie skewer (but tasted Matt’s lamb) plus sesame green beans, hummus + pita, and lots of salad!! I had seconds on salad
Some of Jeffersons’ Meritage was cracked open for lunch, and I did a little actual drinking of that one
After lunch we tried the 5 bottles we blended blindly.
Swirl. Sniff. Sip. Spit.
Rank. I love giving my opinion of wine! Neeley and I were able to pick out our blend – it was a bit oaked and heavy on the Cab Franc, which is a pretty distinct Virginia wine taste. We were right – ours was #5 – and we both wrote “Perfect!” in the blank. Unfortunately our blend did not win the popular vote!! Boo!
Plus, we all know which Meritage is the Mac Daddy of them all…
Thanks to Andy for inviting us to the event! Time to rest a bit before we prepare for tonight!