This Saturday, a friend has asked everyone who wants to play to bring a bottle of wine to her party. She'll set it up like a tasting, and people will score the wines. Highest average score wins. She gave no $ limit, but since I usually don't spent more than $20 on wine, I've set that as my own limit.
Demographics: Couples, wide age range, but the average age late 30's. Probably more of the men will ignore the game. Mostly Southerners, all atheletes, lots of acedemics, fairly high income range, but many are not particularly sophisticated when it comes to food and wine. Guests will be munching on hot smoked salmon and various cheeses.
So, what kind of wine will most please an assortment of average janes? I have a Borsao Tres Picos garnacha in the basement, I also considered just a Coppola diamond series Claret, maybe a Monestrell? My wine store friend says Pinot, but I think most people would be more impressed by a big, bold fruit-bomb. I thought of Caymus Condundrum , but I'm thinking red will win this time of year.
Your thoughts? Thanks.