2013 Meritage Madness: The Final Four!

16 Grapes Entered, Only Four Remain

As the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament enters its second weekend (and the fabled “Sweet Sixteen”), our little Tournament of Berries steps ever-closer to naming a winner. Here, then, without (much) further ado, are your Final Four!

Well, when all is said and done, Cinderellas rarely move far in the Big Dance. They’ll surprise the bigger teams early, but as they progress, the talent they face just gets too much. Such was the case when plucky little Grenache came up against the King of the Old Vines, the closest thing America can call to “its own” vitis vinifera, Zinfandel.

None of the battles were very close, and 3 of the 4 favorites won. The lone exception? Three-seed Sauvignon Blanc, whose 75-25 victory over two-seed Pinot Grigio/Gris was actually the most lopsided decision of the round.

So here’s your Final Four, folks!

In the Red Region, top seed Cabernet Sauvignon squares off with three-seed Zinfandel!

And in the White Region, top seed Chardonnay takes on three-seed Sauvignon Blanc!

I think I know which one of these will be the closer battle, but I can’t wait to find out! Will the favorites win the day in the end? Will a pair of cult-favorite middle-seeded grapes topple the two French giants? Only you can decide! Vote on the Final Four below! (Sorry, voting is closed)

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