We'd like to thank everyone who came out this past Thursday for our second edition of the Smackdown Wine Tasting, this time featuring the Zinfandel grape. We had a great turnout (close to 40 people!) watch six of our vendors battle it out with some awesome Zins!
If you haven't taken part in one of our Smackdowns before, we feature three rounds of tastings, reflecting three price categories: $15, $25, and $35. Six vendors get two minutes each to make their case for why their wine is the best in each category. Then, everyone tasting gets a chance to vote for their favorites! We declare the top 3 wines in each category, then at the end of the night we announce the overall top 3 and the Smackdown Champion!
The vendors that participated this time were April (Monarch), John (Republic National), Charlene (Glazer's), Mike (Southern Wine & Spirits), Dave (World of Wines), and Todd (Freemarket). Here are the results:
#1: Ravenswood Sonoma Zinfandel 2012 (RNDC)
#2: Zinphomaniac Old Vines 2012 (Southern)
#3 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red 2012 (Freemarket)
#1 Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2012 (Freemarket)
#2 Midnight Cellars Paso Robles Estate Zinfandel 2010 (World of Wines)
#3 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2012 (Glazer's)
#1 Ferrari Carano Sonoma Zinfandel 2011 (Southern)
#2 Peachy Canyon Especial Zinfandel 2011 (Freemarket)
#3(t) Carol Shelton "Rocky Reserve" Zinfandel 2010 (World of Wines)
#3(t) Cline "Big Break" Zinfandel 2012 (Monarch)
#3(t) Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel 2012 (RNDC)
#2-Dave (World of Wines)
Congrats to our winners, and we look forward to seeing all of you again for our Cabernet Smackdown in May. Will Todd be able to defend his title once again? Look for details to come soon!