Inspired by @lapin_rouge very interesting write up of the recent press tasting event, I was intrigued to see this comment:
NZ9961 Dog point Marlborough sauv blanc:** Missed, not a fan of kiwi Sv Bl.
Back in the days of walk around tastings (and hopefully again in the future) what was your strategy regarding which wines to try? Would you try and sample everything if time, would you immediately discount wines you probably won’t like and focus on areas/styles you think you will like or are you the opposite and actively want to try wines you’ve previously dismissed?
Personally, I like to try most of the wines available if possible. Obviously, we often have pre-conceptions about a certain wine but I tend to try and go in each time with an open mind. If I have dismissed something in the past, perhaps I have just not found the right style of that wine to enjoy. Clearly there are wines you see on paper and think ‘Yes, I expect to enjoy and perhaps order that wine’ which you definitely want to try but I do think I’m always slightly more intrigued by the wines I might ordinarily discount if just placing an order without tasting first.
There’s not much in the way of wines of would actively try to avoid. Orange wines spring to mind, I’ve never had one I’ve enjoyed at all and also I’ve never been very excited about a glass of Pinot Grigio but yet, particularly if I was at a WS tasting, I’d be inclined to give any samples of offer a further try - to either reinforce my existing view or, hopefully, be forced to reassess my view and discover a sample of those wines that I actually do enjoy (and then try and work out what makes them different from previous experiences).
So, what approach do people take when tasting wines in a general large scale tasting walk around environment?
Follow the suggested tasting order, a beeline to your favourites or a strong interest in wines that you think are generally outside of your comfort zone but you’d be pleased to be pleasantly surprised by (even if you secretly think those wines will end up heading swiftly into the spittoon!).