Learning and Liking
A Wrap-Up of The Indy’s First Ever Wine Tasting
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 will forever go down in history as the day of The Independent’s first official office wine tasting. Six Indy employees, one intern, and one friend — half of them self-proclaimed wine geeks, half admittedly unfamiliar with the fancy beverage — gathered in the conference room a little after 5 p.m. to blindly sip nine wines.
We decided to open up some of the bottles a few generous wineries had sent us, along with a few we brought ourselves, and ended up with a table full of wines from Canada to Chile. Haphazard as it was, the theme-less tasting posed an interesting, sometimes befuddling, and certainly delicious experience for all.
The only real organization to this test-run tasting was whites and reds. Thus, the following reveals our findings, in the same order we tasted:
2009 Zaca Mesa Viognier: Although the veteran tasters recognized this as viognier pretty quickly for its typical floral-front aroma, its pungency surprised us all. Although we enjoyed the fresh jasmine notes, and were pleased by its acidic punch, we ultimately decided that this viognier would only improve with another year or so in the bottle.
2009 Viu Manet Chardonnay: A favorite among the novices, this Chilean wine definitely threw a wrench into the tasting. Maybe it’s because we’re used to uber-oaky chards, but its grassy, crisp, walk-on-the-beach demeanor had most of us wondering if we were sipping sauvignon blanc. Either way, this chardonnay captured the hearts of a few of our tasters.
2009 Viu Manet Sauvignon Blanc: The Chilean winery pleased the crowd again with this classic new world sauvignon blanc. Grapefruit and guava give way to a smooth acidity that finishes with finesse. We all liked it, and think it would be a great way to start out a balmy evening. Drink it with you favorite fresh seafood fare this summer.