The World Goblet Round 3: Greece vs. France

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While scanning the World Cup groups in order to plan our daytime drinking over the next month, Gut Check noticed that most of the great wine-producing nations are represented in the tournament field, including all of those with a reputation for crafting good, value-priced wines. Because Gut Check never saw a value we didn't like, we resolved to stage our own tournament to determine the 2010 World Goblet Champion.

France losing to Greece in a wine tasting would be like Kamchatka singlehandedly taking over all of Asia on the ol' Risk board. Regardless, the French must beat their Mediterranean neighbors in order to pull even with New Zealand. They're in with a syrah from the reliable importer Weygandt-Metzler. We were forced to break our $12 limit to scare up another Greek entrant, but will the extra couple of bucks produce a contender?

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Dave Nelson
2007 Domaine La Bastide Syrah Vin de Pays D'Hauterive ($12)
A walk, so to speak, on the wild side of syrah: ripe, rustic blackberry, backed by a chorus of leather, meat and herbs. Deep ruby color. Cool juice. The complexity remains reasonably intact when you get around to actually drinking it -- always a welcome quality where wine is concerned. Doesn't hurt that on the second day the fruit comes through with added richness.

2008 Boutari Moschofilero ($16 - D'oh!)
If we had to pick a color (other than Everclear), we'd say pale yellow. Do you like honeydew melon? We do. How do you stand on Red Hots and black licorice? Let's just call it intriguing. Unlike the syrah, though, this one's got no character. It's just...wet. An alcohol content of only 11.5 percent usually translates to some lively acidity, but all we get is fruit. Cooked fruit at that. Not worth nearly what we had to pay for it.

Result: France

The syrah proved a solid representative of the Languedoc, and a solid value for the price. The less said about the Greek stuff, the better. If we manage to find a good Greek wine in St. Louis, we'll let you know via Thrill or Swill.

Group B Standings:

Country

W

L

T

Pts

France

2

0

1

7

New Zealand

2

0

1

7

Italy

1

2

0

3

Greece

0

2

1

1



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