Team Synergy took top honors last week when bloggers became winemakers and competed for bragging rights to the best Meritage blend as VineSleuth and Rodney Strong Vineyards hosted #WineTime at the Hotel Zaza in Dallas.
— Toni Anderson (@HappyHousewife) March 21, 2013
@dallaswinechick oh yeah we are;)
— Jana | Merlot Mommy (@jspd) March 21, 2013
There were some less competitive ones, too like this one:
— Molly Thornberg (@DigitalMolly) March 21, 2013
At the Hotel Zaza in uptown Dallas, they met with the local bloggers and faced a room of tables covered in what looked like laboratory gear: pipettes, graduated cylinders, lots of glassware, and, of course bottles of single variety wines for blending.
Here’s what one blogger had to say:
— dallaswinechick (@dallaswinechick) March 21, 2013
Robert Larsen, Rodney Strong’s Marketing director, shared a bit about the winery’s vineyards and other things that make Rodney Strong’s wines distinctive, and then guided the bloggers through a tasting of each of the varieties they might consider using in their blends.
Next Justin Seidenfeld, winemaker for Rodney Strong, shared how the blends are determined for Rodney Strong’s Meritage blend, Symmetry. He also shared a bit about winemaking in general and how the Rodney Strong team makes the decisions to grow, harvest and blend their acclaimed wines.
After that, the bloggers were instructed to determine a team name and then get to work creating their own blends, tasting as they needed along the way. Justin determined the winner and then, after sashes were passed out and photos taken, the group moved on to the Dragon’s Den at the Zaza to enjoy more Rodney Strong wines and light bites.
Team Synergy’s Winning Blend
50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Malbec
Thanks, Robert, Justin, Kristin Hamlin and Rodney Strong Vineyards, for partnering with VineSleuth on this event! And thanks to all the bloggers who joined us. We had a blast learning, blending, toasting, tasting and just hanging out with all of you!