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#2 Wine Tasting BBQ Aug 17, 2003
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
2001 Rancho Zabaco, Dancing Bull California Zinfandel $8.00 n/a
2001 E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone Rose France 60% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre $9.00 n/a
2002 Villa Maria, Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc $10.00 n/a
n/a Lindemans, Peche Lambic Belgium $9.00 n/a
We served these wines informally, accompanying our pot luck BBQ. We grilled swordfish kebobs brushed with white truffle infused olive oil, chicken breast kebobs with KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce and sirloin steak kebobs with a sesame ginger marinade. Plenty of side dishes were available, some spicy and some mild. The weather was great, with only a brief shower to add some excitement to the afternoon.

Our objective was to provide a variety of interesting inexpensive wines. Most of our tastings focus entirely on the wine. We wanted to provide an opportuntiy to pair the wines with different types of food. With the informal setting of a BBQ, we were able to expand to a broader audience than would be possible in our regular tastings. We had more than 30 people join us for this fun summer event.

Our red wine was the Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel from California, our top rated wine (92 points) from September 2002. We included the Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, the second place (87.5 points, and within 1/2 point of first place) wine from our May 2003 tasting. We included a highly rated rose from E. Guigal, a wine which we hadn't tasted before. Each of the wines was available for $10/bottle or less. Lastly, our wine advisor at Kappy's offered us a taste of the Lindemans Belgian Lambic, which he felt would be a great addition for our BBQ. I'm very happy that he introduced us to this excellent ale.

Since this was an informal tasting, we didn't rate these wines. We knew that the Rancho Zabaco and the Villa Maria were excellent, and we found both the Guigal and the Lindemans were wonderful too. Even so, people voted clearly with their palates. We consumed all of the Rancho Zabaco within a few hours, including an extra bottle we had on hand in our personal wine rack. The Lindemans was also all gone by the end of the evening.
* The Price reflects the club discount for non-sale wines purchased at Kappy's Liquors in Sudbury and Wine Cellars of Silene in Waltham. Any purchases at the club price must be coordinated through me.
+ The Score represents the average rating of the group at this tasting, on a scale from 50 to 100. We each assign a value of 0-4 for appearance, 0-6 for aroma, 0-6 for flavor and 0-4 for our overall impression resulting in a total score from 0-20. These are averaged, the result is multiplied by 2.5 and then 50 is added. The resulting 50-100 scale is the same range used by Wine Spectator though their process may be different.