Grape Expectations

Everyone who attended the AP inaugural wine-tasting event organised by Erik had a very enjoyable evening. There were a few surprises, higher cost did not necessarily guarantee a more favourable response from the participants. In each of the five rounds, we compared three different wines and awarded it from 1 – 3 points depending on what we thought of it. We also had a go at suggesting which one we thought was the most expensive. The third round was the tasting round, and allowed us all to see for ourselves whether we thought the red, white or rose wine went best with a variety of foods. It was a superb way to spend an evening, made all the more enjoyable for the fact that we could walk (or stagger) home. See below for a fuller description of the evening’s entertainment, purloined from another local blog.

I’m getting hints of Plum – APs meet for a wine-tasting

10 people gathered just north of Plumstead High Street for a full-on wine tasting. Why? Because its not the kind of thing that happens in Plumstead (outside of few school fund-raising events, possibly, maybe) and Art Plumstead is all about plugging gaps in our local life.

The event was designed around a bit of internet research as well as a few personal experiences of attending commercial tastings, a lot of shopping and a some furniture rearranging.
Guests had to guess the most expensive wine in each round with a prize for the winner. Each participant also scored each glass (they tried 15 in total) and the winner was, surprisingly, the lone rosé wine of the evening.
Winner of the Grand Prix de L’ Art Plumstead 2013

Foncaussade Parcelles Bergerac Rose 2011 available from Waitrose at reduced price of £6.39 (offer ends 30th April)

The surprise budget wine was the Aldi classic Baron St Jean at a mere £2.99. The most expensive wine of the evening was also unexpected result – it came rock bottom ( a placing I find unfair but, hey, the people have spoken). It was the Jean Luc Colombo Crozes-Hermitage also available from Waitrose.
There was some educational purpose to the event too. I think some people learned something about interpreting labels and the pitfalls of relying on only one indicator such as vintage or price when selecting wine.
One of the early fizzy wines on closer inspection wasn’t even a wine – it was an aromatised wine product.
Wine is a complex but also very enjoyable subject of study.
 The order of wines from best to worst along with other results from the night can be found here.
And thanks to Ali for the loan of the wine glasses!
Posted by Erik Fuller at  9:18 pm

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