On Monday night we attended the JBF Greens event, “Blending at Brooklyn Winery“.
I hadn’t been out to Brooklyn Winery yet, which just opened last fall. The space was impressive; shiny new tanks, a temperature-controlled barrel aging room, a pretty bar and great nooks and crannies on two levels for having a party (they took over a nightclub). My favorite part, other than all of the winemaking equipment of course, was the (free!) photo booth in the bar.
After the tour, we were broken into 4 groups, and instructed to create several meritage blends. Meritage rhymes with heritage and pays homage to Bordeaux-style blends. Each team was given commercial bottlings of the 5 Bordeaux varietals, pipettes, and beakers. The idea was to create as many blends as time would allow and then to submit your best blend for Brian, Conor and The Noble Rot crew to judge.
This chart was in our handout:
I’m proud to announce that my team won top prize (glory), while Noah’s team came in second place. Our winning blend was 35% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.