Peter managed to dumb this down enough so that even I could understand it. The Zin provided the fruits, the Carignan provided the acid, and the Petite Syrah the body. Not so surprisingly, I really liked it heavy on the Petite Syrah. We started out to with the knowledge that whatever we “mixed” together, it needed to add up to 20ml. Problem number 1: i can’t add. It took me a few tries but with the help of my fingers and toes, I somehow managed to get it done!
We used the pipettes to measure out each of the 3 types of wines to blend the perfect wine for each of our palates. It was a lot like perfume making in that the sense of taste (like the sense of smell) got tired after 3 – 4 tastings. Problem 2: After a while, I just got tired of trying to figure out which i liked so I went with my best last tasting.
One thing I was excited about was doing a barrel tasting – never got to do that until that day. We sampled a barrancia 2008 (YUM!). Problem 3: We were strongly encouraged to spit. I never spit because I just find it a waste of good wine. We did enough tasting where this was actually a good (and valid suggestions, after I was informed that if I were intoxicated while riding a bike, I would still get a DUI. *SIGH*) We also had the opportunity to taste other wines, including some of the wines from the library collection. It was a great experience, one I highly recommend to give you a broader understanding of wine structure!
Peju Province Winery
8466 St Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
8815 Conn Creek Road
Rutherford, CA 4573
18701 Gehricke Road
Sonoma, California 95476
email@example.com (to sign up for the blending class!)