Wine tasting is part of my job. Dream come true, right? Definitely! I was as green as a chardonnay grape when I started at Ponte – a little intimidating working among leaders in the wine industry, to be sure. But I’m ripening little-by-little, day-by-day, sip-by-sip, glass-by-glass in the art and pleasure of wine tasting.
During my first blind tasting my strategy was simple: sit there with my eyes, ears and taste buds open and learn. My wine colleagues and I sniffed, sipped, swirled, and savored 14 different bottles of California-grown Zinfandel wines, and then we judged which ones we liked best. The results were surprising. Our palates liked wines the wine makers did not rate as best. Surprising, yes, but it made perfect sense. People like and drink wine because it tastes good. What tastes good to one person, doesn’t necessarily taste just as good to the next person, regardless of how many adjectives adorn a wine label. While connoisseurs might throw around words like “bold,” “earthy,” and “complex,” the majority of people have a simpler formula: does it taste good, or does it not?
Our philosophy at Ponte is “If you like it, it’s good wine” and that certainly proved true at this tasting. Come in today and find the one (or more than one) wine you like. You are the judge of what is good or not and that’s the way it should be.
–What is the best wine you ever tasted?