Every year, UNLV has a big wine tasting to benefit scholarship for the hospitality programs and hotel school. I had never gone, as it costs $75 for the grand tasting and last year, I decided instead to spend my money on the Wine Spectator Grand Tour which was within a few weeks of UNLVino.
I hadn't anticipated going this year either, but while at Marché Bacchus, doing my regular Saturday tasting, the owner had two industry passes and asked my friend and I if we wanted to go. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity!
We got there a tad late as we were given the passes 15 minutes before start time. All in all, a lot of wineries and parent companies had booths as well as restaurants and wine shops. They had some really great food laid out. Cheeses, meats, patés, fruit and finger sandwiches. Helpful. I think I counted over 150 wines I tasted and obviously I was spitting (most of the time). Still wound up with a lovely wine buzz. There were some truly remarkable wines. A few standouts were wineries at which I gave high marks to everything they poured (or that I asked for a pour of). Carrefour, Adobe Road, Caymus/Belle Glos, Rodney Strong, Trefethen and a few others. I will attempt to link every review. Hopefully it works.
UNLVino- An Impressive tasting 4/10/10
- Reply by dmcker, Apr 14, 2010.
Herculean labors, Vegas, and thanks for the post. What were the absolute standout three or four wines of the night?
Any impressions on the difference between wine reviews under those circumstances versus when you have time to sit at dinner with a bottle or two?
- Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 14, 2010.
Vegas, this is super helpful. Thanks!
Tasting 150 wines in a row sounds like fun to a lot of people but I bet it was hard work, and especially since you kept your notes and wrote them all up.
I know I've found my reviews from previous events I've attended helpful, so I continue to do this, but just recognizing your hard work.
I visited Trefethen a few years back and really enjoyed their wines.
- Reply by VegasOenophile, Apr 14, 2010.
Yes it is tedious to keep track but I insist on keeping notes, at least a 1-5 star rating of what I am drinking so I know to look it up later if I want to buy some. It's also a nice tracking of what I have drunk and done. Of course it's all about spitting and snacking, but a few special ones did make their way down my gullet.
I'll admit I don't taste anywhere near as in depth when working through so many, but instead of only trying a few for a while of close study, something in me wants to try everything. I like to broaden my palate and experience all that's out there, good or bad. Naturally, you can't taste as succinctly when attacking such a broad range and number. But alas, we all have to make sacrifices. Just wait, another big tasting this past Monday. Posting to come soon.