People’s Choice 2013 : Wine Member Favorites

Wines on display at Dave the Wine MerchantThe last guest is gone, the dishes are done, the aspirins are swallowed and the leftover wines re-corked.  Now it’s time to tally the winners…

As you know, I spend my days selecting wines for my curated portfolio, selections then shared with wine club members who want to “Discover their next favorite” – adventurous wine lovers interested in new experiences (Not yet a member?  Join here!).  Member’s experiences include our annual “People’s Choice” tasting, during which wine club members and customers eagerly try their hand at selecting wines for next year’s club shipment.

Tonight, a panel of 16 wine club members and loyal customers selected their favorite wines from among 40 contenders.  After evaluating each wine, our panel members were forced to select their top three wines, and since the field was generally considered quite good, selecting only three favorites was difficult, demanding a concentrated focus by each taster.


The tasting sheets listed each wine, in recommended tasting order, along with its suggested retail price.  Tasters first evaluated each wine on its own merits, then relative to its retail price – an exercise that lowered the ranking on some of the pricier wines.  After all the wines were evaluated, each taster selected their top three wines.  Each taster’s top choice received a weighting of 3, their second choice a 2, and their third a 1.  The total for each wine was then tallied to determine its overall ranking.  


1 Cabotieres Touraine Sauvignon Blanc $29 14
2 Croppy Fetcher, 2011 Pinot Noir, A.V. (Elke) $32 10
3 Sonnet, 2009 Pinot, SLH, Tondre’s Grapefield $29 9
4 Miro, 2010 Zin, Piccetti Vyrd, DCV $29 7
5 Orentano, 2008 Pinot Noir, RRV $34 5
6 Benton Lane, 2010 Pinot Noir, OR $39 5
7 d’Aragona, 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo $11 5
8 Orentano, 2007 Pinot Noir, RRV $34 5
9 Leucadia Red, 2010 Chardonay, Sonoma $17 4
10 Huge Bear, 2009 Cabernet, Sonoma $50 4
11 White Hart, 2010 Chardonnay, Central Coast $36 3
12 Jacella, 2009 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $26 3
13 Zacherle Wines, 2009 Red Blend (Gren,Syr, Pet.Sir) $25 3
14 Plan Pegau, 2010 $30 3
15 Miro, 2010 Old Vine Zin, Grist Vyrd, DCV $29 3
16 Mary Elke, 2011 Pinot Gris, Donnelly Creek, A.V. $16 2
17 Antonio Mtn. Vyrds, 2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $20 2
18 Sapphire Hill, 2010 Chardonnay, RRV $25 2
19 Diamandes de Uco, 2010 Chardonnay, Mendoza Argentina $36 2
20 Andeluna, 2006 Reserve Cabernet, Tupungato Argentina $25 2
2 Pont de Chevalier, 2010 Chardonnay, Knights Valley $50 1
22 Grey, 2010 Carmenere, D.O. Maipo Vly, Chile $30 1
23 Pietra Santa, 2008 Estat Cabernet, Ciegnega Valley $18 1
24 Icaria, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alex Vly $29 1
25 Ca Momi, 2009 Cabernet, Napa Valley $24 1


Published by Dave the Wine Merchant

I've followed my passion for wine to the four corners of the world in endless pursuit of more wine knowledge and experiences. There are few things in life more enjoyable than experiencing a new culture through its wine and food. Leveraging these experiences, I curate a small portfolio of constantly evolving producers. Like an art gallery's collection, my portfolio consists of hand-crafted wines from artisanal producers that I have personally selected. My goal is to discover boutique wines that taste like they cost more than they do. Come discover your next favorite!

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