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Birthday Wine Tasting

Monday, December 12th, 2005 · 5 Comments

Friends gathered Saturday night with two bottles each of Pinot Noir in hand for the first-ever A_nderson wine tasting party to celebrate Jen’s big 30th birthday. After tons of planning and two straight days of clean-up and preparation, the evening went off without a hitch. Fourteen types of Pinot flowed in the blind tasting, and Jack and Kim came away the winners with lucky bottle #13, squeaking past David and Mary’s wine #14 with scores of 10.4 to 10.3, respectively. With the highest average across all wines (12.5 of 15), I seemed to enjoy all the wines more than everyone else (or have the worst palette), and Sue, with an average score of 5.9, enjoyed the 14 wines the least (or had the most discriminating palette).

They say that most good parties end in the kitchen. And by 3am, when it was only Jen and I and our overnight guests still standing, that’s exactly where it ended. But earlier on in the evening, the party had its first end with Karaoke Revolution 3 and the new addition, Get on Da Mic (rap karaoke courtesy of Justin). What A_nderson party would be complete without rocking out on the mic?

A big thank you to everyone who joined us in making this memorable party such a success and so much fun! Thanks to everyone who helped out with set up (Karen, Joti, Heather, Saahil), supplies (Sarah, Eric, Anne, Tom, Alex, Cati), clean-up (Joe), food serving, and more. Thanks also to Jane and Sarah for the wine tasting training, documentation, and past practice.

View participant scores and results (thanks to Saahil for tallying!).


View all wine tasting party photos

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alex // Dec 12, 2005 at 10:37 am

    Whoa, whoa, election controversy. A quick standard deviation calculation shows that #13 is NOT the winner, but shares first place with #14. 10.3 and 10.4 represent the same distribution of values at that standard deviation. And I blame Susan’s “2” ranking of my sweet wine #5 for knocking it out of contention for the win. The whole event stinks of a Ukrainian presidential election. LET THE REVOLUTION BEGIN! NUMBER FIVE! NUMBER FIVE! RISE UP! oh nevermind.

  • 2 Phil // Dec 12, 2005 at 10:38 am

    Happy Birthday, Jen!!!!!!

  • 3 Caterina // Dec 12, 2005 at 7:02 pm

    I have linked this entry from my blog so that my family and friends can see the pictures too. So you might have some Spanish visitors coming soon 😉


  • 4 birthday girl // Dec 13, 2005 at 10:28 am

    THANK YOU thank you, everyone for coming on Saturday and all the warm birthday wishes… 30 was the best birthday ever. And big big thanks to my big G for throwing such a great party– and for treating me like the goddess that i’m not the other 364 days a year. i am not worthy!!!
    …i’m already coming up with schemes for the next wine tasting– stay tuned y’all >:)

  • 5 Teresa // Dec 13, 2005 at 5:00 pm

    Wow! You all had a great time!
    Good friends and good wine. Who could ask for more?