Tag Archives: Blind Tasting

At Table

Formal Tastings  A tasting can sometimes resemble the story of the Wedding at Cana where the best wine was apparently saved for last. However, in tastings today, the trick is not saving the best for last but rather, deciding what … Continue reading

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Great Expectorations

The Noble Art of Spitting  Before I became a ‘serious’ runner, I would begrudgingly tag along when Mad Dog went for his A.M. jog. Oh, the price of love and devotion! When the sparkling conversation went flat, I’d grab a … Continue reading

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For the Records

Keeping Clear and Consistent Records  I just love historical trivia. Once a guest confided to me the “real” origin of the term riserva. It seems the term was coined during a time when drinking water was scarce. What water was … Continue reading

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Déjà vu

Wine and Words Déjà vu comes from the French expression “already seen” coined in 1903. It’s that strange sensation that what you are now experiencing has happened before. Here it is in a sentence: “I knew I had never seen … Continue reading

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Only Skin Deep

The Decanter – Vital or Superfluous?  There’s a reality show called Myth Busters that debunks or confirms commonly held beliefs like: Can a person take to the skies using only a lawn chair tethered to balloons, or will using a cell … Continue reading

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The Cart before the Horse

Practical Matters: Storing Wine Task saturation. The first time I heard the term was at a keynote address given by Jim ‘Murph’ Murphy, an M15 fighter pilot. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s when you have way too much … Continue reading

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Chilled to the Bone

Practical Matters: The Right Temperature Summer should be knocking on our door right about now. But with temperatures still in the 60’s and skies looking more like winter than summer here, I wonder whether spring will ever step aside to … Continue reading

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