In “nice wines finish last,” the expensive wine earned the top spot in our Friday Night Blind tasting, as you might expect. And the cheapest bottle brought up the rear—albeit with respectable and consistent scoring that barely gave the pricier wines an edge. The following week’s tasting, “pricey wines finish last,” produced the counter-intuitive result that visitors of this website love: the $36-a-bottle ringer scored a distant fourth place to three wines that cost a third of that or less.
The theme of the next Friday Night Blind was crisp white wines—in honor of the unofficial start of summer—and the Wine for the Rest of Us tasting panel sampled four wines made from the same grape variety but from four different countries. As always, brown bags covered the wines and tasters did not know the grape or the countries of origin, though they were aware of the one-grape-four-countries gimmick.