The first Santa Clara Valley Rosé Challenge was held at the Dolce Hayes Masion in San Jose California. A special thanks to Heather Moggia and the Dolce Hayes Mansion for their hospitalilty. The tables were set and the wine was chilled. The challengers were Thomas Kruse Winery, Aver Family Vineyard, Sycamore Creek Vineyard, Guglielmo Winery, Clos LaChance Winery, Solis Winery, Jason Stephens Winery. One of the things I like most about Rosé is that they are truly like a box of chocolates. Each one is so different. Some of the wines were single varietals and others were blends. We lined them up head to head to see which wine makers inspiration would be most popular with our diverse group of participants.
We asked everyone to rank the wines from their most favorite to their least favorite. The results were;
First Place: Solis Winery received the most First place votes followed by Aver Family and Thomas Kruse.
Jason Stephens received the most Second place votes followed by Solis and Sycamore Creek.
Clos LaChance received the most Third place votes followed by Thomas Kruse and a tie between Guglielmo and Jason Stephens.
Over all; Solis received the most total votes followed by Jason Stephens, Thomas Kruse, Sycamore Creek, Aver, Guglielmo and Clos Lachance.
It appears this group was drawn towards the sweeter rosés in the challenge. A good time was had by all and we look forward to the next challenge.