By Steven G. MehtaSteve Mehta

I wanted to share with you the results of our first wine tasting competition that happened over this last weekend.  For those of you thinking, how does wine tasting connect to mediation, my answer is sometimes after a hard day in mediation, you might need a nice glass of wine.

So here they are, 20 wines under $20.  I have ranked each of them based upon approximately 30 people tasting them and ranking them.  The maximum score was 25 points with 5 points for each category (aroma, flavor, appearance, overall impression & drinkability).  I must also point out for the wine aficionados, that some of the wines were bought on sale by some of the participants.

The Wines Listed By Ranking

 


Entry No. Name of Wine and Type Score out of 25
18
Novella Cabernet 2006
17.5
17
Novella White
16.9
12
Norton Malbec 2008
15.8
5
Jacob’s Creek Cab. 2005
15.8
3
The Zin Zinfandel 2006
15.7
9
Tapiz Merlot 2007
15.4
16
Walter Clore Red 2004
15.3
14
Silverado Vineyards Merlot 2005
15.2
4
Bernardus Chardonnay 2007
14.7
11
Contadino Pinot Grigio 2008
14.7
13
Rosenblum Chateau La Paws Red
14.7
2
Del Tesoro Zinfandel
14.5
19
Naked Merlot 2006
14.5
20
Chianti Classico 2005 Banfi
14.5
7
Beaulieu Vineyards Estate Merlot
13.8
10
Bridlewood Viegnder 2007
13.8
15
Firesteed Pinot Noir 2006
13.6
1
Tapiz Merlot 2008
13.1
6
Reynella Shiraz
12.8
8
Lucas & Lewellan 2004 (Red)
9.2

 


 

 

Congratulations to the winning wine submitted by Sarah Bolin.  Of special attention, wines no. 5 & 15 had substantial conversation about them and were the early favorites during the night.  The winning wine suddenly dashed out from the back of the pack and won the wine competition glasses down.

Thank you to all that participated.

Steve

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