“In refining their senses and aesthetic judgement, blind tasters become much more conscious of the richness not only of wine but also of other potentially complex beverages such as tea, coffee, and spirits, and, by extension, the flavours in food, the scents in the air, and the play of light in the world. For life is consciousness, and consciousness is life” – Neel Burton, The Concise Guide to Wine and Blind Tasting.
This October, we are putting our (and your!) taste buds to the test.
In the spirit of Halloween, we are throwing you a curve ball – a mysterious Boo Box in lieu of your normal Club ARGAUX shipment.
This month, when you get your special delivery, the labels will be hidden, wrapped to conceal their identity.
We encourage you to have some friends over, pop these bottles and start blind tasting!
Here’s how to start: we have provided you with that infamous sommelier “grid.” The wine tasting grid is a list of intrinsic characteristics of a wine based on visual, aromatic, and taste information.
The grid is what we were tested on to pass our exams, and now we are passing the baton on to you.
Sommeliers use the grid as a system to mentally separate aromas, flavors and tastes and reveal the identity of a wine. Blind tasting is, at its core, deductive reasoning. Figuring out what the wine is NOT will lead you to the answer.
Remember! No singular secret masters the art of blind tasting. Anyone can learn, and practice makes perfect.
So show us what you’ve learned! In three easy steps:
- Don’t unwrap your bottles. It’s a blind tasting! As you taste through your box, use the included two pages to record your tasting notes.
- For a chance to win a MAGNUM or receive next mont’s shipment on Argaux, post a photo of your tasting grid and final call for each wine or a video taking us through your tasting notes and conclusions to Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @_argaux_
- Your Pocket Somm will review and choose the most accurate notes and conclusions. The winner will be announced on Halloween! Good luck and don’t be scared, it’s just wine 😉
Let’s have some fun with it!
Our favorite selection for this October, when we are choosing with our eyes open? Holus Bolus Syrah from Sta. Rita Hills.
The grapes for Holus Bolus Syrah are grown at John Sebastiano Vineyard at the eastern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills in the Santa Ynez Valley. The vineyard blocks sit at 1,200 feet elevation facing southwest exposed to cool Pacific winds. There are three clones planted: 470, 383 and Alban (a suitcase clone from Cote Rotie).
This cool climate Syrah is not just a fruit driven wine: it has many savory elements to it. Think olive tapenade, rosemary, and thyme. It’s a perfect October wine: perfect for when you want to be roasting things in your oven again with lots of spice.
Aged for 14 months in two and three year-old French oak, bottled without fining or filtration. Amazing aromas of smoked beef, dense boysenberry, soy, cedar, sandalwood under ripe blackberry and elderberry.
This wine has a good body and texture to it with a lengthy finish. Enjoy now and over the next 4-6 years.
Cheers From Your Pocket Somm! – ARGAUX