When sipping your favorite wine, do you ever think about the history of wine? Who invented it? When did they invent it? Why did they invent it? I hope you have fun going down this path of thousands of years.
When people ask me how long opened wine lasts, I ask them how quickly they can drink. In all seriousness, it’s helpful to know how best to preserve an opened bottle of wine and how long it will last. So that’s what we’ll explore today. Thank you to La Crema and Wine Folly for their help with this article. [Read more…]
Did you know that one of the most common challenges in the wine world is the distinction between sweet and fruity wine? In this article, I’ll explain some of that confusion. [Read more…]
Blind wine tastings can be a lot of fun. Yesterday we had a blind tasting that was incredibly fun but also quite humbling. Our goal was to distinguish Cabernet Sauvignons from Cabernet Francs. We (nine of us) tasted six Cabernet Sauvignons and four Cabernet Francs. All of the bottles were covered with construction paper. We tasted each one, talked about it, and then voted on which grape it was. The results: We were 100% right five times, largely right one time, and largely wrong three times. Given that we are all serious wine enthusiasts, those statistics were sobering. So today’s article is devoted to bling tasting learnings. I hope you enjoy it. [Read more…]
One of the very first blog articles I ever wrote was on our wine tasting skills, or lack thereof. In that article, I made suggestions for how to improve our wine tasting skills. A lot of the focus was on paying more attention. One of the reasons we’re not very good at wine tasting is that we’re not very good at tasting much of anything. We go a million miles a minute and barely take notice of what we’re consuming. So step #1 is to slow down and really take notice of the tasting experience. In my article, I talked about another critical step being to use the famous aroma wheel to help come up with descriptive words for what we’re smelling and tasting. Half of the battle is to describe our experience.
Today I wanted to do a little bit of research to see if there are any new techniques that people have come up with to help us improve our wine tasting skills. [Read more…]