I attended a wedding at a fancy hotel this weekend and they were serving their own label that was made for them from a winery in Sonoma. The label did not specify the winery. I tend to be a bit weary when it comes to wines made specifically for a venue or an already existing brand. I have a theory that the grapes used in these wines are those deemed inferior for the previously existing labels the winery makes. It's even more suspect when the winery is not mentioned on the label.
Unfortunately the wine at the wedding did nothing to change this point of view. The Merlot was a thin fruit bomb and represented the reason why Milo didn't drink any "f***in" Merlot in the movie "Sideways." The Cabernet was slightly better but still had way too many spice flavors (tasted more like nutmeg than anything else) leading me to believe it was over-oaked like most "value" Cabernets from Napa/Sonoma. The upside is that I was able to focus all of my attention on the dance floor, which is really how it should be at a wedding!
Up next I'll be sharing my opinions on wine gifting for the holidays...A little late, but better late than, well, who am I kidding, my five regular readers would have already asked me anyway....
Until the next sip, sniff or quaff (or latest wine opinion/frustration),