Wine Tasting Club – Zinfandel Night

This past Friday evening we had our every other monthly meeting of the Pacific Point Wine Tasting Club (“PPWTC”).  The club was started back in January when my wife and I had the idea to start a wine-tasting club in our community.

It’s been easier to get the wine tasting club up and running than I anticipated.  The most challenging decision so far has been whether to have the host buy the wines, then get reimbursed, or for everyone to bring a bottle.  We decided on the later

In a nutshell, the “mission” if you will, of the PPWTC is to learn a bit about the wine while having fun and fellowship with friends and/or neighbors.  Each individual/couple brings a bottle of the designated wine varietal costing between $15-$25).  The varietal for the meeting this past Friday was Zinfandel (prior meetings were e Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay).  The host is charged with serving some appetizers that pair with the varietal.  I usually bring some background information about the grape varietal to hand out.  I think that’s important because if you know what aromas and flavors are typical of a particular grape varietal it helps you identify aromas and flavors of the wine.  More details about that in another post.

There we 12 of us, who tasted 7 different zinfandels.  We do a blind tasting(i.e. the wine label is covered so as not to tip-off the taster) We taste the wines, the score them on a simple 5 point scale (5=best; 1 worse) for 5 attributes – Appearance, Aromas, Body, Taste, and Finish.  Sometimes we talk about the wine, sometimes we don’t.  We always have something to eat while trying the wines though.  While that would be considered a no-no at a more formal tasting, it’s a wine tasting club, and we’re there to have fun!  After we finish scoring the wines, we finish the bottles, and if available have a bonus bottle or two;-)  I must say,  it seems to be more fun after the scoring, when the wine, and conversation are flowing!

This months winners (we had a tie) were a 2006 Rosenblum Annette’s Reserve, and a 2007 Lake Sonoma Zinfandel (though from a value perspective I consider the Lake Sonoma to be the winner because the retail price is less).  The average score for both was 88pts ( I converted the aforementioned 25 point scale to a 100 point scale as follows – Took the average score from the 12 tasters of 18.33, multiplied it by 2 to get 37.66, the added 50 to get 87.66 or 88 rounded up – you might not want to try this at home kids, I’m a CPA;-)  Kidding aside, you just need to find a consistent scale to score the wines.

We had a  blast, and there’s been some talk of having the meetings monthly instead of every other month!  I don’t know if that will happen, but it tells me the PPWTC is moving in the right direction as we learn about wine, build friendships, and have fun doing it!



  1. Constance says:

    Love this! I like that it’s informal — it sounds like a lot of fun and inspires me to start a wine tasting club in my neighborhood. Wine has a way of uniting people …much like baseball. Varietals are like teams and I’m a Zin fan!

    Thank you!

  2. Jojo says:

    Definitely is a lot of fun, I thought all along that I am a Cab and a Merlot only fan but after trying so much Zin, I now am totally a fan. I am looking forward to the next one already – good job as usual in making this happen!

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