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The Mystery Continues – Box #2 Arrives

As with any good mystery it’s the anticipation of the next clue that gets you excited. If you’ve been following our stories you’ll be familiar with this one, but if not take a minute to go back and read the story I posted on September 10 about a challenge I’ve been invited to take called The Label Project.

Wine Delivery – Bottle #1

So last week I received another delivery at the office once again from “Sender Unknown”. Already eagerly awaiting this package I opened it to once again find a wooden wine box with the front marked The Label Project.

This time there was actually a bottle of wine inside along with a letter of instructions, 2 written wine clues pertaining to the wine varietal and regional location as to where the wine comes from.

Also inside were 3 small spray bottles each containing a different scent associated with that particular varietal.

Like any good detective I first inspected the bottle for any obvious clues and even though the front label revealed nothing there was a small label on the back that stated White Wine, Product of Australia.  Well that was easy…but what next?

Written Wine clue #1 stated the region lies between two other major and much older wine regions and it’s famous for its fruit produce including cherries, pears and apples.  So I’m going for South Australia as it lies between New South Wales and Western Australia even though New South Wales is also well-known for its fruit production.

The Three Aromas

Next I started with the 3 aromas – #1 was definitely citrus, #2 was peaches or nectarines and #3 smelled a lot like hazelnuts but since these are most likely synthetic aromas it was hard to tell, they could have been trying to emulate cat pee a scent closely associated with Sauvignon Blanc and since the wine was white this could be a possibility.


Comparing the Colour

Sometimes its easier to figure out what something is by knowing what it’s not. Upon pouring the wine into a glass and seeing it’s colour I also poured a glass of something I definitely knew was an oaked chardonnay and compared the two.  This definitely wasn’t an oaked Chardonnay, it had a pale straw colour with a silvery rim but what is it?

Next was the nose…it wasn’t very fruit forward so I’m thinking it’s a cool climate because a hot climate wine is usually very fruit forward.

The taste was crisp and fresh with a high acidity so I’m guessing it’s a Sauvignon Blanc from somewhere near Adelaide in South Australia but what do I know I’m totally guessing.  I figured it would go really well with the Cheese Fondue we were having for dinner so that’s how I enjoyed it.

Do you think you could guess a wine from these clues?  It’s easy to create a fun challenge like this for yourself and totally makes for a great dinner party game, just take a couple of bottles and don’t let them out of the bag…pour the wine and challenge yourself and your friends and remember don’t judge a wine by it’s label.





Who Doesn’t Love A Good Mystery?

Last week I got an interesting delivery at the office.  It started with an email from the shipping department saying I’d gotten a package from a “No Name Sender”.  Already curious, I quickly opened the box when it arrived at my desk.Inside was another box…a wooden one this time, you know the kind you sometimes get a fancy wine gift in.  The box was rather light to contain a bottle of wine and stamped on the front were the words “The Label Project”, so I wasn’t really sure what it was all about.
The Mystery Box
I’m naturally curious but as a journalist, I’m downright nosey and hate not knowing all the facts.  sI quickly opened the box and laughed out loud when I discovered a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey inside with a letter.Now I’ll admit I’ve read the trilogy because I was curious about all the hype but my fantasy is not to be dominated and tied up in someone’s cellar unless that cellar happened to contain the world’s finest wines that I would be allowed to drink.
Wondering what the book had to do with the wine box I quickly turned to the letter which was actually an invitation to be a part of a global wine adventure called The Label Project.   They sent the book as a reflection on first impressions and just like you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover the letter stated a pretty label is not an indication of how the wine tastes.Sent to 140 bloggers from 12 different countries the invitation consists of a two-week challenge to go beyond the label and uncover the wine inside the bottle.Over the next few weeks we’ll all receive three unique deliveries, each containing; one bottle of “label-less” wine, a sensory clue (smell, taste and sight), facts about the region and tasting note clues to get us guessing.

We each have to work out the grape varietal and region the wine is from and send our answers by email at the end of the two-week period.

So what’s the point of all this cloak and dagger intrigue you ask? Well it looks like a bit of fun detective work while enjoying wine and let me just say this couldn’t get much better for me.

The thing that gets my heart pounding is not an erotic novel but a good old fashion mystery.

Stay tuned for the next chapter after the first wine arrives!