Wine Tasting is great, but with a little creativity a person can make it epic. Last Saturday it became the war of the 2005's vs. the 2006's. They red table wines were great, but it really came down to the Syrah's. As a fairly big fan of Syrah and Shiraz both, this was the battle I was most interested in. The fight wasn't completely fair. The 2006 was bottled very recently, but he came out looking sharp with a brand new label. The 2005 with it's familiar label and supreme drink-ability was the early leader. The first two rounds were an easy win. 2006 came out in round 3 and said, "I may be new, but I go down smooth and look great!" Round three turned out to be an upset for the '06. The next 3 rounds went back to the reigning champion. The '05 just kept churning out a smooth, full-bodied, splendid drought one after another. This is where it got ugly. Round 7 started off and '05 and '06 started to seem like they were pretty evenly matched. They're labels were starting to blur together and the judge become a little less choosy. The fight did not make it past the 7th round when a ruling came down from on high that the fight would not continue. It was an easy call to make, and the judge realized that the '05 would remain on top until '06 had some time to develop. A rematch is most certainly on the horizon. Thank you 360 cellars for an outstanding contest.
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