Unfortunately, the pictures don't include the mag of NV Bruno Paillard Champagne Brut Premiere Cuvée, the 2012 Louis Nicaise Champagne Premier Cru Brut Millésimé or the Carneros/Taittinger Sparking wine that J3 brought.
What the pictures represent are the blind tasting that we did at my house Saturday night to welcome Steve8 back to town. Otis in the past has hosted "Steak-Outs" and we borrowed his theme to taste some blind reds that were tasted during a grilled steak dinner.
Present were Steve8, J3, Mr. and Mrs. Blue Oval, Mr. and Mrs. Billhike, Mr. and Mrs. Otis, Dantherhonefan and his significant other, Mrs. TLV and myself.
In order of tasting we had:
2010 Cayuse Syrah Carlowe Vineyard (tie 6th)
2005 Chateau Pavie Macquin St. Emilion Grand Cru (tie 6th)
2001 Domaine de la Janasse CdP (5th)
2012 Grassini Family Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Barbara (1st)
2010 Pegau CdP Cuvee Reservee (8th)
2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (9th)
2007 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana IGT (3rd)
2007 Match Cabernet Butterdragon Hill (2nd)
2015 Once & Future Zinfandel Bedrock Vine (4th)
There were also several other whites opened during the evening, including the 2012 Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese and the 2001 Rieussec.
Not a bad bottle in the bunch - you know it's a good night of drinking when a 2001 Togni is the 9th place bottle. I found it interesting that it placed 9th, but once it was revealed, it was one of the first bottles emptied - and it was a magnum. Blind tasting can be revealing and humbling. Also interesting to me at least was that my votes were for the Tua Rita, Match and Once & Future Zin, in that order - and I don't particularly care for Italian wine, (it makes up for only 0.4% of my cellar).
Thanks to all who came and your generous wine contributions, especially Steve8 who definitely traveled the farthest, and had an awful travel day back yesterday.
Until next time...