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Wine Tasting Party #2: Winners • Dierberg Pinot Noir & Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay

Friday, October 29th, 2010

When we want to have a really memorable party we have a wine tasting party.  Only certain guests can really appreciate an unsophisticated wine tasting activity.  This year, we told everyone to bring really good bottles.

A Fast Wine Tasting Set-up:

  • 3-5 people per group (Give everyone a # and don’t let couples be together in the same group)
  • Label each bottle with a number.  Divide up the whites and reds
  • Give each group a piece of paper labeled with a number for each bottle of wine. A wine rating of 1-5 will be decided on by everyone in each group.  5 is the best and 1 rating is the worst. (Of course, my group had to start giving 2.25 ratings and 1.75 ratings)
  • Designate a number cruncher at the party (Accountant, Actuaries, CFO, or an Engineer paired up with an Artist, Writer, or Teacher = Instant Fun) to figure out the winner.

White Winner (out of 4 whites):

  • Chateau St Jean Chardonnay (09 • $12.99 – 07 • #25.99) – (90 PTS WILFRED WONG)

Red Wine Winner (out of 10 reds):

  • Dierberg Pinot Noir 07 ($35-40) (Dierberg Pinot Noirs Rate between 90-95 PTS)

Cheese(y) Party #1: Unanimous Winner • Point Reyes Blue

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Props to our cheese addiction enabler, Michelle, who has fed us many varieties of cheese in the hopes that she can “keep us classy” at BITF. I think you need to feed us even more at an even greater frequency Michelle, you know, to truly sustain what blue is left in our blood.  I am even inventing a new column called “Cheese(y) Party” in your honor!

Cheeses in this Running Party #1:

Point Reyes Original Blue is aged for 6 months which gives it the deep blue veins and luscious, bold flavor.   This cheese isn’t really all that expensive, surprisingly, either.  It is about $16.99 a pound but we got a .215 chunk and it was enough for a five person appetizer (along with 4 other chunks of cheese).

Link to Blue Cheese Recipes from Point Reyes Blue Themselves!

A Quick Guide to the 5 Types of Cheeses

Cheese Party Tips:

  • DO – serve Wine & Cheese from same region, they often work well together.   Wine & Cheese Pairing Guide.
  • DO – serve one-half bottle of wine and 4 ounces of cheese per person
  • Do, I mean Don’t, I mean DO … over-serve the boos when you are low on money at your next wine & cheese party.  Everything will taste perfect even when you serve Velveta and a Port Cheese Ball.
  • DON’T- serve cream cheese & White Zinfandel unless it’s for a Christmas Sweater Holiday Party

Party-Time: Wine Tasting Party

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

We love to have wine tasting parties with a mixture of guests ranging in age from their later 20’s to their 60’s.  That way you are sure to get a good variety of wines from less than $10 bottles to more than $50 bottles!

This is one of our wine tasting party ideas that we executed last month.  It was a big success!

8 bottles with a mixture of reds & whites for 16 people

How we constructed our tasting:

  1. Wrapped each bottle with brown paper bags to hide the labels.  We then put a # on each one.  This way our tasting could be somewhat blind.
  2. Asked everyone to bring their own wine glass and to wear something funny.
  3. Organized appetizers of cheese and crackers, fruits, and a pitcher of water.  We also gave each person a piece of paper and a pen to rate the wines from 1 (least favorite) to 5 (exceptional).
  4. Gave everyone a number from 1 to 4 and got into 4 groups of 4 for the tasting.  This way people who don’t know each other get to meet and chat.  By the end of the night they are buddies, trust me!
  5. Group 1 started with wine #1, group 2 with wine #2 and so on.
  6. Each group discussed the wine together and then individually rated it on their piece of paper.
  7. At the end of the tasting we collected each taster’s wine ratings and our “Mathematician” averaged the scores to find the group favorite.

2009 Wine Tasting Party Winner:  Forty-Five North, Pinot Noir Rose ($18)