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Hail me a Cab wine comparing

Where: Cask & Vine, 1 E. Broadway, Derry 
When: Thursday, April 20, 7 to 10 p.m. 
Cost: $29; walk-ins welcome, but reservations recommended  
Contact: 965-3454, caskandvine.com




Comparing cabernets
Series explores differences in wines of a single style

04/13/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 If you’ve ever wondered what distinguishes one wine from another of the same style, you’ll have an opportunity to find out with the new wine comparing series at Cask & Vine in Derry. 

The series kicks off with the “Hail Me a Cab” event on Thursday, April 20, which will compare six cabernet sauvignon wines from three different brokers, ranging from $8 to $30 a glass. 
“Not every $30 glass of wine is going to taste like it’s $30, and not every $8 one is going to taste like it’s $8,” Cask & Vine owner Andy Day said. “The best thing to do is to try different wines and see what you like.” 
Participants will do a blind tasting with 2-ounce pours of each wine, then rate the wines and vote on their favorites. The wine brand representatives will also be present to discuss the wines and the regions where they’re produced. At the end of the tasting, the wines and their prices will be revealed. 
“By not telling everyone what the wines are before they taste them, it lets people be completely unbiased,” Day said. “You won’t just say you like a wine because you know it costs $30. You’ll say you like it because you like the taste.” 
Three of the featured wines — Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon, True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon and Vinum Cellars “The Insider” Cabernet Sauvignon — are wines currently on tap at Cask & Vine. The other three — Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve, Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley and Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa — are wines that Cask & Vine is interested in adding to their taps, depending on the outcome of the tasting. 
“It gives people who will come back and enjoy wines with us in the future a little stake in what we have on tap,” Day said. “Most of the time, my wife and I taste through wines and choose what makes sense to us, so we’re very excited to see what people enjoy most, and to directly involve them in the process.” 
Cask & Vine plans to host wine comparing events quarterly and feature different styles such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and exotic ones like Portuguese and Austrian wines. 
The series not only gives people a chance to learn about comparing wines and talk with wine reps, but it also allows them to try wines that are new to them, including high-end wines, before they commit to purchasing a whole bottle. 
“People have a lot of hesitation [about buying new wines], and there aren’t many opportunities to taste through different wines like this for a low cost,” Day said. “We’ll be pouring some really nice stuff, so I’m hoping people will use the opportunity to be adventurous.”
Bottles of the featured wines will be available at New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores and at some local bottle shops, including Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe in Londonderry. Cask & Vine will announce it on social media if they decide to add any of the wines to their taps. 





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