Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The favorite part of my job.

When we moved to San Francisco my goal was to get a job in the wine industry.  I interviewed with several wineries for marketing positions, but because of my lack of winery experience (drinking wine doesn't count) I didn't nab a job. 

Lucky for me, a headhunter called and I landed a job managing the BevMo! advertising account. It's been a challenge - but I've met some fantastic people, and have had the chance to try more wine than I ever imagined.

Today I got to lead a wine tasting for a newsletter we're working on. I set up 9 wines, some crackers to cleanse the palate, water and notes.  I recruited some of my co-workers to be the tasters. I'm pretty popular in the office on days like this.  Wine tasting at 1:00 on a Tuesday? I didn't have any trouble finding volunteers. In fact, we had just as may appear at the door unannounced. I don't care. The more the merrier. There was plenty of wine to go around!

Here are the wines we sampled. There were some clear favorites. Not a bad bottle in the bunch. And they all cost less than $13. The good news is, you can buy all these wines at BevMo! The bad news is, the only place you can buy these wines is BevMo!  So if you don't live in CA or AZ you have to order online at  Don't worry, they ship, unless your state doesn't allow it.

Challis Lane Chardonnay, $5.99 (favorite)
Shiloh Road Chardonnay,$8.99 (favorite)
Donovan-Parke Chardonnay, $11.99

Tapiz Malbec, $11.99 (favorite)
Palo Alto Red, $12.99 (favorite)
Shiloh Road Cabernet, $11.99
Fratelli Chianti, $11.99
Guenoc Victorian Claret, $10.99 (favorite)
Aresti Syrah Reserva, $9.99

My personal favorite of the day was the Palo Alto Red (with the Guenoc Victorian Claret in a close second.) For whites, I have to say I'm digging the $5.99 Challis Lane Chardonnay. I had no idea it was only five bucks when I first tasted it. Serve this to friends and see what they think. The people in my office couldn't believe the VALUE (I don't want to say cheap, cuz it's good wine!) 


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