Sick Wine Joke

Posted by The Wine Whore |

It's no secret that I have a sick sense of humor. This weekend my sick sense of humor crept into a wine experiment I decided to perform on a few of my friends:

Wouldn't it be funny to disguise a bunch of value wine (Barefoot and Coyote Creek) in thin brown paper bags and then ask people to taste the wine and write down what they think?

Well, funny or not, that's exactly what I did.

Lessons learned from my sick experiment:
1) Drunk people write some pretty funny (and virtually illegible) stuff
2) If you're going to pick a value wine, go with a Merlot

Apparently someone thought that I liked or "licked" ALL of the wines. Just for the record, I didn't. There also appears to be a Robert Parker tasting note writing wannabe. See folks... just one more reason why tasting notes are B.S.! :)

Here's what the drunk people had to say...

Bottle A - Barefoot Zinfandel
Fruity for a red
Fruity + Urine
Mild vanila tones, aroma is tangy reminiscent of vinegar and salt tater chips

Bottle B - Barefoot Merlot
Like how the finish doesn't last too long
It's okay
smalls sweet, cranberry tones, relatively full mouthfeel, slightly vanilla and oak roast
Tangy and cranberry

Bottle C - Barefoot Shiraz
Dry and tart
Dry, long aftertaste
Tastes like more PISS

Bottle D - Coyote Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Bitter aftertaste
Aroma of vanilla and slight smoke, lot of sweet berry flavor, mostly strawberry and blueberry, not very robust, not much finish

Bottle E - Coyote Creek Merlot
Has a woody smell, and slightly hay or grass, pretty sweet, more red berry than black, light mild finish, no oak

Try it for yourself at your next get together or party. Who knows, maybe you'll find a new value wine that you love... most likely, you just have a big mess to clean up the next day!

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C'est Beth said...

LMFAO! My favorite comment, "Mild vanila tones, aroma is tangy reminiscent of vinegar and salt tater chips."

Once I've had the good stuff, I can never go back to cheap reds!

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! There are some great notes!

What do you think was the deal with all of the piss tasting notes? :)

drinknectar said...

On the contrary, my whorin wino friend. This only proves that tasting notes are valid. From what I read, I wouldn't buy the brown bag wines - personally I don't like piss, vinegar, bitter, not much finish. The only one who seemed to like them all was The Whore himself. Maybe that's why you were so hungover on Sunday ;) - The Merlot's did seem to fair the best though.

Josh @nectarwine

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Hmmm, good point! At least many of the notes WERE very honest. There was one person though that gave some technical notes such as:

"smalls sweet, cranberry tones, relatively full mouthfeel, slightly vanilla and oak roast"

I think I've had other wines with this very same description! :)

You are right though, you can still tell a lot about the wine by reading these notes. One thing I also though was interesting was the perception of "finish" in wine. Notice how some people actually liked a short finish.

Do you think this is because they just didn't like the taste and wanted it to be over sooner?

Richard Auffrey said...

Pretty funny tasting notes. As the last couple wines only had a couple notes, were the other drinkers passed out at that point?

My big question: Did the drinker like the wine that was "fruity & urine?" He did not say he disliked that flavor.

I agree that blind tasting can be a lot of fun. I really need to do it more often than I do. It is not an easy task.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! They either got too wasted to write or just gave up... not completely sure! :)

That dude really seemed to enjoy tasting/smelling urine. I think it was more just a statement about how it taste/smells instead of passing a judgement. Apparently, I really need to review my selection criteria for people I call "friends".

This was actually a really easy way to

A) Get rid of some wine
B) Give people something entertaining

Try it at your next party.. you might learn a thing or two about your friends... then again, maybe you'd be better off NOT knowing some things! :)


Kate said...

Now, did you drink BEFORE taste testing?

Richard Auffrey said...

Sometimes my wine buddies seem to want to one-up each other with nasty wine descriptors for those wines they dislike. A generic term was "toilet bowl wine" meaning a wine they would rather pour down the toilet than drink. Some of the other descriptors got far more graphic.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! There was a little bit of drinking beforehand and everyone just kinda came and went... do you think that would have made it more or less accurate?

LOL! That sounds like fun! What do you think we should call the piss tasting wine?

Kate said...

Not to knock these wines whatsoever (the Barefoot Bubbly is actually pretty good), but in my house, we would call these "3rd bottle wines" Being the by the time you get to the 3rd bottle (between 2 people), whatever you drink will taste good.

The Wine Whore said...

... like I always say: Every wine has a purpose! :) Well, maybe it should be, ALMOST every wine has a purpose!

What's your favorite 2nd bottle wine?

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