Party Like It's €1.999
"scientific research has long demonstrated the power of suggestion in perception as well as the strong effects of expectancies. for example, people expect more expensive wine to have more desirable characteristics than less expensive wine. when given wine that they are falsely told is expensive they virtually always report it as tasting better than the very same wine when they are told that it is inexpensive. french researcher frédéric brochet "submitted a mid-range bordeaux in two different bottles, one labeled as a cheap table wine, the other bearing a grand cru etiquette" and obtained predictable results. tasters described the supposed grand cru as "woody, complex, and round" and the supposed cheap wine as "short, light, and faulty."
We'd like everyone to have a taste of the best of the worst.
In Party Like It's €1,999 we attempt to find some of the best, really really affordable, wines in all of Germany.
With frequent trips to Kaufland, et al, we've managed to acquire a fair sample, and so in defiance of all known wine etiquette, we've decided to host a series of rather uncouth and uncultured wine tastings.
Imaginative assessments, ad hoc scoring systems, quaffing and general enjoyment are all highly encouraged.
The first of our tastings took place at the centre for endless progress on March 3, 2011. Here is a video of some tasting notes we collected from the participants:
A sample of tasting notes below ...
From March 3 2011 at The Centre for Endless Progress. All wines from Kaufland at €1.99:
Voscarini, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy, 2008
stay away from this one!, too sour, transparent wood, like the time i forgot to swallow and laughed, a bit 'o' spice, a bit depressing somehow.
Marquis de Rothberg, Bordeaux, France, 2009
rather pleasant, disappears from the tongue like smoke on water, hits 1st sip but heroine addiction effect where 2nd hit is bland, tangy, fruit peel & salt water, probably good on a hot night!, reminds of hostel kitchen-cleaning residue / old food and bad ventilation - nostalgic, burning lightly like turpentine on hand (in the most delightful way possible.
Maranon, Syrah, Argentina, 2010
rich & cherry aftertaste, lacks depth, cherry soda, oaky taste, a little acidic, reminds me of south america sunny days, a trip to spice island on a lemony pirate ship, with little wind, but sun, "adult", quite fruity, a little intriguing, tastes more expensive than it is - that is a good thing!, only for gouda lovers.
Coteaux du Languedoc, France, 2009
would be good after a good wine, to keep drinking, "cheeze", cedar chest / black cherry, metallic after taste, bland and acidic , feels like a rainy day, works fast, least offensive so far, not too full bodied, cheezy undertones, thin, but with strong bite of flavour, carmel / vanilla body shop products melting on my window sill.
MAKERPLATZ September 30, 2011 at Open Design City
We were very happy to be a part of the MAKERPLATZ celebrtion of maker & DIY culture centred in the Moritzplatz U-bahn vacinity. Thanks to Laura Brightwell and Sarah Clement for helping us guide people through the rather sophisticated process! At the always crafty Open Design City.
Louis des Vignes, 2009, France. From Kaiser's at €2,99. Definitely the evening favourite. Some tasting notes: "Peppery, smooth." "Gym equipment, rocking horse, vanilla, ocean." "Peppermint tea from a bavarian beer mug with lid - a cat jumps on a cow."
Cepa Lebrel, 2009, Spain. Bought at Lidl for €2,49. Second place. "Bad! beer please!" "Darker, heavy, strong - a boxer." Eating an apple underneath an oak tree in autumn; tumbling down".
BioBio Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, 2010, Italy. Netto for €1,99. An organic wine, but unfortunately a distant 3rd. "A robust Barney color with a fruity taste and acidic smell." "Wasswerfall in Indonesia." "Halloween blood, sharp like a vampire's bite."
(photos by Sarah Clement)