Your Favorite Red - Bring the Red you think we should try. BYOB or Just taste

What is your favorite red wine that you think we all should try ?

It could be one of the amazing 2012 Oregon Pinots, It could be a Walla Walla Syrah, It could be a California Zinfandel.

For this tasting, it's your chance to introduce us to a wine that you love. Bring a wine that is currently available in stores and that YOU think we should be drinking.

Because we will have different varietals, the tasting will NOT be blind. We will arrange the wines by relative weight and alcohol %.

We will ask everyone to say the price and where they got the wine and if you want, a word or two about the producer/varietal/style (Not required though).

We will judge the wines on their relative QPR, Quality/Price Ratio for each one's region and varietal.

Each person will get 3 votes, the highest vote getting wine will get the pot (Minus Food Expenses).

$5 if you bring a bottle, $10 to just taste. We will put the fees in a pot and the winner, (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Meat and exotic cheese plates provided.

Great Value event, the last 8 times, everyone got to taste at least 10 wines, and the winner took home money for bringing the best wine.

Once again, whoever brings the best wine, will take home the pot. If we get 10 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $50, Last week the winner took home $95.

Think you know a great red? Bring a bottle and let's find out. If you bring the best bottle, you will go home with the winnings. Last time the winner took home $95, week before the pot was $80.

Starts at 7PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.

So, Bring a bottle, throw in $5 to the pot or $10 to just come and taste.

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  • winslow

    Great as always! Thanks everyone for sharing the evening and the wine with us!

    April 17, 2014

  • Rusty

    Bryan was the winner with a Sshotfire Shiraz available at Freddie's for $ 18, tie for 2nd, 2011 Altano Douro (Portugal) $6.99 at Trader Joe's and a 2011 Concannon Petite Sirah also $7 at TJ's.

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Rusty

    A great night drinking a wide selection pf reds

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Rusty

    I hear what you guys are saying about the blind tasting. The only reason we can't do that tonight is that it would not be fair to the lighter wines.

    Putting a lighter pinot after 3 zinfandels or cabs would not be fair to the pinot. You always go from lighter to heavier when tasting so that your palate will not be overly influenced by the heavier alcohol and tannins of the bigger wines.

    We could do blind, but the numbering would not be random so we can arrange by relative weight and alcohol %. Ala Bob's suggestion. Maybe that would work.

    Cheers !

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Keith W.

    isn't the saying: variety is the spice of life? this is one Week. Can always go back to the standard way the next week. seems like it might be fun.

    April 15, 2014

  • Paul

    I like the blind concept as well. The pre disclosure and selling of a bottle changes the dynamic of the gathering.

    2 · April 14, 2014

    • Dan M.

      Agreed. This would also be my argument in favor of blind tasting. Nights where we don't blind taste seem to have a much different dynamic than other nights. Just my $0.02.

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Bob W.

    Tasting not-blind with an unlimited variety of wines is a better idea, because some big alcohol tannic monster can kill the more delicate pretty one that follows it. That's unfair to high-quality, more delicate wines. Potential Solution: One person should organize the wines in a general order of drinkability based on alcohol content and varietal. But the bottles could then be put into bags and still tasted blind. Downside: Folks will be able to pick their favorites based on relative weight and size, knowing bigger wines come last. Lighter bodied wines may have a disadvantage in the voting IF most tasters are biased towards big wines, but that's better than drinking Napa Cab followed by Loire cab franc.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Mad M.

    I was really hoping for blindness so I could see how I rate my own fav among others without knowing what's what. Who knows, I could discover I love a Pinot, but because of my pre-disposition to not liking Pinot I will subconsciously downgrade it if I know. We can always do the selling after the reveal...

    3 · April 14, 2014

  • Rebecca

    1st: aren't "rules" counter productive to wine night? :) 2nd: life has few surprises & moments of anticipation. I value an evening of good conversation and unexpected "endings." Keep the "blind" surprises coming!

    3 · April 14, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    OK...new rules....not blind this time...I like the idea of having to sell the wine before the tasting. I'm a firm believer in exploring wines that have great value.....I never buy a bottle over $10 unless I'm in love with it.....and I have bought bottles in the $35 range, but only if it is superb!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perhaps next time?

    April 14, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    Ooh, I got in, I would of come anyway, Rusty doesn't take attendance, "DON'T TELL ANYONE"! Now which fabulous RED to bring........

    April 10, 2014

  • winslow

    Been missing you all...we're coming back if there's room.

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn. I was looking forward to seeing whatever brought, but I'll be out of town for this one. Enjoy!

    April 1, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    I love REDS, and opening it up to ANYTHING is fantastic....now what should I bring to "knock the socks off people".

    3 · March 22, 2014

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