Do you ever wonder where they come up with those shi shi wine descriptions you see on the back of wine bottles? Are you really tasting the hints of peach and tropical fruit when you drink that wine? My friend Cheryl and I decided to host a wine tasting to put those label descriptions (and our friends) to the test!Here’s the basic premise: We covered the labels of five white and five red wines and wrote their label descriptions down (Hint: When you’re covering the bottles make sure to cover up any references of the wine maker by hiding the corks and taping over bottle necks with names on them). We had our friends sample all the wines and match the label description to the bottle. Let me tell you, it’s a LOT tougher than you’d think! Many of the wines had the same flavor descriptions! Can you taste the black cherry undertones in three red wines?! We figured there might be a lot of people who matched the wines correctly so as a tie breaker, we also asked them to identify the type of wine as well: Malbec, merlot, zinfandel, etc. We then scored up the cards and awarded each category (red & white) winner with a $25 gift card to our local wine shop.
We had a blast! It was a great way to catch up with friends and laugh at the flowery wine label descriptions. Of course we had delicious food on hand – the menu for our wine tasting included lots of crowd pleasers:
- Crudités and pita chips with hummus and white bean dip
- Prosciutto & fig crostini
- Brie, pear & toasted walnut crostini
- Strawberry, manchego, and prosciutto crostini
- Caprese kabobs
- Grapes with goat cheese & pecans aka “grapes with nutty balls”
- Fruit flavored rainbow meringues
If you want to try this with your friends, just grab the Wine Tasting Cards and your favorite bottles of wine. We had a great time!