Tasting wine blind, in a wig . . .
Natalie and I had the opportunity to participate in a great Halloween-themed blind wine tasting over the weekend. Now, tasting 14 wines completely blind (i.e.--they were wrapped in a paper bag, and we had no idea what we were drinking), and then getting scored against your friends on how close you guessed the wine (there were 8 different criteria), is scary enough. Unfortunately, no points were given for guessing "red" or "white," so there was no guarantee we wouldn't get the giant goose-egg for a score.
However, tasting wine blind while dressed up in a Donald Trump / Hillary Clinton ensemble is really scary. And uncomfortable--wearing a full suit, plus wig, and baseball cap while trying to drink and score wine is not something I want to do everyday. Our Uber driver probably summed it up best when he said "If you're that uncomfortable with a Donald Trump wig on, imagine how he feels everyday?" Right? Hahahahaha!
Aside from the wig sweat and general discomfort, it was a great night. Some amazing wines were brought to the table. I'd say the 2004 Chateau Pavie was one of the real favorites. Along with the 1999 Hugels. The Lynch Bages was also a favorite (always one of my favorites) and the Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet would have been wonderful, except for a hint of being corked (hey, folks, it happens sometimes--nothing that can be done). We didn't "win" the competition, but we did get enough points to come in a respectable 3rd and 4th place (out of around 20). So that's something!
All-in-all, it was a great evening with good wine, great friends, and a fun experiment in blind-tasting wine. If you ever get a chance, it's a fun way to spend an evening!