Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Not many of us would try to drive 1700 miles in five days, to see five major wine regions in as many different countries. Read about it here.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
- (as reported by Molly Laas, Huffington Post) In 2001 in
, Frederic Brochet gave 57 wine experts two glasses of wine: a red and a white (no blindfolds used). Most described the red one in “red wine” terms: jammy, red fruits. But the wines were the same white wine—one was dyed red with an odorless dye. Bordeaux
**If we have an expectation as to a taste, then we taste what we expect to taste.
2.(as reported in Slashfood.com) In
**Price awareness makes us enjoy a more-expensive wine. [KLE: I think this is the “Celebrity Effect”]
3.(as reported by Calvin Trillin, writer at the New Yorker) Cal Davis poured red and white wines into black cups, so that the wine color could not be determined by the taster. Most of the tasters, who were enology students, failed to identify the wines’ color by smell and taste alone. The results were so embarrassing to the school that the school will not confirm that it administered the test, though one student confirmed the test occurred and said he had gotten only 3 of 7 wines correct. (And note that enology students are not necessarily skilled tasters.)
**Even skilled wine drinkers have trouble identifying a wine’s color by smell and taste alone. Other writers state that perhaps 70% of skilled tasters can identify red from white, blindfolded, IF the test is not designed to fool them.
So, in our test, let’s see if we can beat that 70% mark. I will not try to fool you.
***It is very important that, as the testing process is ongoing, you please DO NOT discuss the test in any detail with anyone else. Once it is complete, we will all discuss the results.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
At a recent trade tasting I saw a proliferation of "sweet reds." These are cheesy, disgusting, unswillable wines that might be perfect for teenagers, if teenagers could legally drink. The interesting truth is that when surveyed across America, wine drinkers prefer sweet wines by almost two to one, including sweet reds! But this is not what they need. These residual sugar levels are so high that the so-called "wines" are diabetes bombs. The wines are selling out immediately and so I predict we will see many more of them come to market. But I hope they settle the sugar levels down to a healthier, more-reasonable level. Wow--it was painful to drink them, and I happen to LOVE sweet white wines . . .