I love contests. I am fairly competitive, and always love a good game and friendly challenges. And, if wine is involved, all the better. Thus, when Ms. Cara of Decant Chicago blog mentioned the Secret Wine contest, I just couldn’t resist. Exhilarating!
The simple rules involved registering as one of the first 85 bloggers, eagerly awaiting 3 bottles of blind wine, and then voting. At stake, a trip to France! Awesome. I am SO in. And game.
The wine arrived, re-bottled, re-corked, and labeled with ‘Secret Wine’ and a number. Instructions were to guess the appellation. Just the appellation. Not the grapes, or the year, or the producer. Seems simple, right? Not so much.
After completing some very brief research into the host company, Clare de Lune, a French wine PR company, I surmised that the wines are most likely from the regions the company represents in France. However, even with all that narrowing down and focus, it is still extremely difficult to pick just one. And, yes, I am also well aware that making assumptions when blind tasting is involved is risky business.
The contest is still running, but we have been encouraged to share, in detail, our tasting experience and reasoning process. Much tasting. Very fun. And surprising.
One vote only. Apparently, all guesses thus far are not quite correct. So, the waiting continues while the remaining bloggers catch up and vote. Until then…the wines are still secret.