On Thursday, a group of seven wine aficionados, who call themselves the Vintage Wine Tasters, gathered together to taste and judge six Zinfandel wines from the 2006 vintage priced under $20. This group of veteran wine drinkers and wine collectors have been meeting informally for years. After much serious discussion, the group determined they needed to impart their expertise and wisdom on the Web 2.0 wine world. This post marks the first official public announcement of their wine tasting and recommendations.
Why go public now? Time is ripe for a new breed of wine critics. People are getting tired of the Robert Parker and the Wine Spectators of the world. It is time for a new voice that rocks the wine world. The Vintage Wine Tasters have years of wine-tasting experience dating back to the days of Hearty Burgundy and Red Mountain wine selling for one dollar a gallon.
Zinfandel Taste Off Results – Six Zinfandels Wines 2006 Vintage Under $20
Each individual ranked the wines using an innovative 25-point scale obtained free from the WCG Website. Then the individual place rankings were tallied to determine the favorite wine of the group.
First Place – Tie
- Sobon Rocky Top – $12.99 at several stores
- Rosenblum Alexander Valley Harris Krata Vineyard – $19.99 at K&L Wines, $30 elsewhere.
- Quivira Dry Creek Valley – $15.50 at Costco
- Homefire – $13.99 from Weimax Wine Shop in Burlingame
- Sausal Alexander Valley – $17.99 at K&L Wines
- Four Vines Old Vine Curvee – $11.99 at various wine shops
We enjoyed all the wines, and there was not one wine in the selection that we would consider to be a bad wine. If there was one, we would say so. All of these wines were enjoyable and tasty. The Rocky Top is obviously a good bargain at $12.99. The 2007 vintage of this wine has just been released. We hope it is as good as the 2006.