25 of the best wines under 12 dollars were selected by independent wine stores in the Boston range. The Globe then gathered a Selective of wine experts to select their top picks in the red and white classification. The majority of the wines were tasted blinded.
The result is an overwhelming arrangement of delectable plonk. It was interesting that exactly how little cover there was between the different experts. Actually, one wine – the 2006 Willm Alsace Pinot Blanc from France – maintained to make the list of every critic. Most of the wines were personal most favorite, and shown up on only one of the lists.
In 2001, Frederic Brochet, of the University of Bordeaux, performed two different and very mischievous experiments. In the first test, Brochet invited 57 wine experts and asked them to give their perceptions of two glasses of red and white wine. The wines were in fact the same white wine, one of which had been colored red with food coloring. But that didn’t stop the experts from explaining the “red” wine in language typically used to describe red wines. One expert recognized its “jamminess,” while another enjoyed its “crushed red fruit.” Not a single one noticed it was actually a white wine.
The second test out Brochet performed was even more frightening. He took a poor quality Bordeaux and served it in two different bottles. One bottle was a fancy grand-cru. The other bottle was an ordinary vin du table. Despite the fact that they were actually being served the exact same wine, the experts gave the differently labeled bottles nearly opposite ratings. The grand cru was “agreeable, woody, complex, balanced and rounded,” while the vin du table was “weak, short, light, flat and faulty”. Forty specialists said the wine with the elegant label was worth drinking, while only 12 said the cheap wine was.