Tag Archives: Blind Tasting

The Grape Gatsby

The Raw Material: How to Make Wine Red  In the time of the Great Gatsby, clothes certainly did make the man. However, strip away the illusion of fashionable wealth; what have you got? The naked truth. To Mark Twain, clothes … Continue reading

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Let the Credits Roll

Local Specialties, Workhorses and Common Blends  It never ceases to amaze me that very few moviegoers stay for the credits. If you think about it, without those hundreds, even thousands of off-screen players contributing behind the scenes, that film, whether … Continue reading

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Skeletons in the Closet

The White Pinot Family   The newest hobby of the Internet generation seems to be tracing one’s ancestry. My prince of a brother-in-law has been so dedicated to tracing his roots that the wave of enthusiasm has swept not only his … Continue reading

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Diamond in the Rough

First Know Your Grape Around late September, on warm and sunny autumn afternoons, the open markets of Europe’s wine growing regions feature tables piled high with Muscat grapes. The air is so thick with their sweet grapey perfume, you could … Continue reading

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‘Pressed’ for the Occasion

Assessing Quality   Sometimes less is more. Much as we might yearn to taste a 1948 Château Pétrus, we probably wouldn’t want to drink such a phenomenal wine day in and day out. Sometimes, a simple table wine is exactly what … Continue reading

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Blind Ambition

Tasting Blind  Do schools still mark on a curve system anymore? Although there are many formulas for grading on a curve, it boils down to one thing: grade trumps education. Tasters assess wines on a curve when they base their … Continue reading

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The ‘Sole’ behind the Theory

PS Formal Tastings: What They Don’t Tell You When your head’s brimming with theory, it only makes sense to put it to the test. Sometimes this can lead to the uncomfortable realization that theory is like a pair of new shoes: … Continue reading

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