Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Inexpensive Blind Wine Tasting

One of my friends invited a couple of us over to her place to watch the Emmys and I insisted on bringing some wine and cheese for the night.  While shopping for the wines at Trader Joe's, I came across their Charles Shaw wine selection or what it is commonly known as Two Buck Chuck, named for their $2.49/bottle price tag.  Immediately, I decided to add a little entertainment to the night by incorporating a small blind wine tasting activity in addition to a wine and cheese pairing with bottles of Two Buck Chuck.

I will share more about the wine and cheese pairing in the next post.

Trader Joes' Charles Shaw Wines have about 10 different varietals, but I purchased a total of 4 bottles: their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  A majority of my friends enjoy sweet wine, so I also purchased a bottle of Zibbibo sparkling Moscato which was only $2.99!

A blind wine tasting is a fun way for your guests to hone in on their wine knowledge as they try to guess what wine varietal they are drinking.  It is also interesting to see the reactions of your guests when they find out what they actually tasted.  I mainly wanted to shock my guests by unveiling that the wine they were drinking was actually Two Buck Chuck and that I only spent a total of about $13 on all 5 bottles.


Set Up:
I disguised the label of each of the bottles with card stock, as normal printing paper was too transparent. Then I glued on numbered tags, which I created for each of the bottles.  Here is a link to a PDF of the tags you can print directly onto regular copy paper and cut and paste onto your bottles of wine.  Blind Tasting Wine Tags  If you feel like the bottle will give away too much, you can wrap each bottle with aluminum foil to camouflage the exterior.

*Make sure to number the wines starting with white wine, then red wine and end with dessert wine,  then going from sweet to dry. 

Your guests only need to taste the wine, so pour about a 2oz serving.  I also recommend having water crackers available to help your guests clear their palate for the next tasting.

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