Have you heard of Umami (pronounced oo-mom’-ee)? It’s the savory taste that’s described as the fifth taste sensation, along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. In Japanese, Umami translates to “pleasant, savory taste.” But truth be told, it’s a difficult word to translate. Kalin Cellars says that “Linguists have suggested that Umami has English equivalents, such as savory, essence, pungent, deliciousness, and meaty. Umami is associated with an experience of perfect quality in a taste. It is also said to involve all the senses, not just that of taste. In the Asian context there is both a spiritual and mystical quality to Umami.” Today, we’ll dive into this wonderful fifth taste sensation.[Read more…]
Did you know that smell is the most acute of our five senses? It’s something like 1,000 times more sensitive than the sense of taste. That’s hard to believe. Isn’t it? Especially since many of us have a heck of a hard time describing what we’re smelling in our wine glasses. Today, we’re going to dig into the mystery of developing our wine smelling skills.[Read more…]
A few years ago, I wrote an article on unusual wine stories where I talked about wasps and wine. Did you know that we need to thank wasps for wine? It’s true. Today, we’ll go into much more detail on this stingingly interesting subject. Thank you to listverse.com for originally introducing me to this topic.[Read more…]
At my wine tastings, I get a lot of questions that I think of as wine basics. Today, I thought I would share some of these with you. I hope you find them helpful. [Read more…]
Are you daunted by the hundreds of wine terms out there? I know I am. When people talk about the weight of the wine, what does that mean? How about when they say that a wine is balanced?
In this article, I’ll explain a bunch of wine terms, focusing on the terms I hear most often. I’d love your feedback on other terms you think would be helpful for people to know.[Read more…]