Tag Archives: Wine Appreciation

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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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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