Mar 27 2009
In our first official March Madness Taste-off, Grenache battled Shiraz, Malbec battled Malbec, Montepulciano battled Corbierres, and Petite Sirah battled Zinfandel in an “Elite Eight” showdown. Nineteen Just Grapes customers attended the class, which was open to the public, and when the Big Dance was done with, the 2005 Graziano Zinfandel from Mendocino, California stood alone, defeating the “Bitch from Down Under” (the 2007 Bitch Grenache from South Australia) in a landslide.
Early on in Elite Eight action, the #8-seed, lighter-hued, juicy Bitch Grenache pulled of a surprising upset over fellow Africa/Oceania regional challenge, the #3-seed 2006 Bong Bong Shiraz from New South Wales. Then in the Final Four, Bitch Grenache took on the winner of the Europe region: the #7-seed Aric Carignan Blend from Corbierres, France. In the closest match-up of the tournament, Bitch Grenache defeated Aric by one point at the buzzer. But at the end of the tournament, Bitch couldn’t get past the #1-seed from the American region.
Graziano Zin’s journey to victory first pitted the Californian against state rival Rosenblum Heritage Petite Sirah from Contra Costa (#10-seed), where the Zin’s notes of spicy white pepper were too hot for the Petite Sirah to handle. Then in the Final Four, Graziano Zin tackled the powerful and underrated #15-seed South American 2007 Susana Balbo Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. In a narrow victory, Graziano surged to victory and handily defeated Bitch Grenache in the championship round to win the bracket.
March Madness at Just Grapes has come to an end, but we’re already looking forward to next year’s big bracket! Thanks to all for playing. What were your thoughts on the results?