Okay, so here's my start to a discussion board thread. (and by the way- thanks Andy and Nick!).
There are wines that I miss all the time in blind tastings. And after the tasting I always am the first to say, "But I love that wine!" And then I go out and buy ten examples of the wine that I "love". And I drink them. And I read about them. And I enjoy them. And then I go to a blind tasting and instead of landing the flight I crash it. Because one of the these wines I "love" is what I misbelieved.
I'm a firm believer in "bankers" and "Achilles heels" but how many times do you (anyone reading this thread) taste a wine and miss it and think to yourself "but I love (insert emoji here if you're that person) that wine???"
Here's my take.
I don't really love that wine I miss because I never recognize it. Maybe that's the case! If you never get Rioja and claim to love Rioja you might need to rethink the relationship. And you may ask yourself, "How do I nail this?" I mean, maybe David does. But sometimes you don't connect.
Does anyone else miss "wines they love" consistently? How do you get past blind spots? Do you love them?
Asking for a friend.
And yes Jeff, I am popping popcorn.
I honestly think this is a pit fall of many tasting groups. The group I belong to, as great as it is, does suffer (as I would imagine many others do), from the simple fact that it's expensive enough to open up 6 bottles of wine the week it's your turn, so that it's not always feasible to also make sure that the bottles you've chosen are truly classic. I believe, for most of us, we're trying to kill two birds with one stone. Provide a challenging but fair line-up, but also open up some cool shit for our friends. And that's where the exercise can go sideways. Opening wines that you're not super familiar with for the sake of sharing something "cool". Actually, once, curious about all the Kirkland house brand wines I'd begun to see at Costco, including Brunello, Paulliac, and other "fancy appellations", I actually did a themed tasting using nothing but Kirkland wines. I did catch some flack from the peanut gallery during the reveal, but, sort of got the last laugh because I don't recall another time when everyone got at least 4 right and most got 5 or 6. Average though they may have been, they were all doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing. Now, I'm not saying I'd be batting 1.000 if every wine was text book, but I do recall plenty of times when, at the reveal, we all tended to agree that the wine wasn't classic. Mind you, it does help if you accurately described what the wine was acting like, even if you missed on what it says on the label.