The fun part of a blind tasting is when the wines tasted and rated are then "unmasked" and we learn what we liked the most and the least.
I recently led two blind tastings of Italian wines that proved to be quite interesting.
Italian wines present enormous opportunity for value, but you just have to know where to look. Less appreciated is the potential for excellent value provided by lesser-known grape varietals.
Two wines that stood out at each of the tastings that prove the point were from relatively unknown grapes — the Nero D'Avola and the Lacrima Di Morro D'Alba.
More obscure is the Lacrima Di Morro D'Alba, a grape that virtually was extinct until 1985. Since then, production has increased dramatically as people have appreciated the unique flavor profile that this grape produces — a remarkable aromatic finish of violets that we never suspect would be provided by a red wine. With a smooth mouth feel and full body, this makes for an enjoyable wine (that finished in second place in each tasting). [...]