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Old 07-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #11
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Tax Lady,

Subtlety is the key ...

Nice to see you online with one of my posts.

Have a lovely summer,
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #12
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I shall begin part 2 of this basic course I took many years ago. Thought it to be a good post for those who have little knowledge of wine ...

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Old 07-29-2012, 03:33 PM   #13
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Blind tastings are very common here in Madrid as well as in Italia. I believe they are performed world wide at the Bacchus and International Wine Challenges and at Harvest Circuit times as well as at pairings.



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Old 07-29-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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Blind tastings are very common here in Madrid as well as in Italia. I believe they are performed world wide at the Bacchus and International Wine Challenges and at Harvest Circuit times as well as at pairings.



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Are they to identify the wines or are they to choose the best out of a particular kind, say chianti?
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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What would actually be impressive with wine tasting, would be blind tasting and identifying the wine. Now that would convince me someone is a wine expert.
This isn't as impressive as one might think. Different wine varietals taste as different as other foods, for example nuts and cheeses. Using nuts as an example, would you agree that it's relatively easy to tell the difference between a walnut and a cashew? It's no different when tasting wine varieties that you're familiar with.
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thanks very much, steve, for making the "science" much more enjoyable and less pretentious.
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thanks very much, steve, for making the "science" much more enjoyable and less pretentious.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:38 PM   #18
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This isn't as impressive as one might think. Different wine varietals taste as different as other foods, for example nuts and cheeses. Using nuts as an example, would you agree that it's relatively easy to tell the difference between a walnut and a cashew? It's no different when tasting wine varieties that you're familiar with.
So you are telling us that you could tell several wines apart if I gave you 7 different reds in a blind tasting? You could identify each individual type?

Nuts are easy. Could you tell us a chianti from a beaujolais nouveau, from a shiraz, from a bordeaux and other red wines, in a blind tasting?
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Nuts are easy. Could you tell us a chianti from a beaujolais nouveau, from a shiraz, from a bordeaux and other red wines, in a blind tasting?
More than likely. Where it gets tricky is when you get into blends. But varietal wines (wines made from a single grape variety) are fairly easy. I can nail cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, syrah/shiraz, zinfandel, sangiovese, riesling, and chardonnay with about 90% accuracy, simply because I drink and make these kind of wines all the time. South American and European wines I do *okay* with, but I'm probably closer to 60% on those. Blends... forget about it. People who claim they can tell you exactly what percentages of grapes are in a given blend are full of it. That kind of stuff only happens in the movies.
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I like the Hugh Johnson quote "Imperial hegemony lives in Washington and the dictator of taste lives in Baltimore" perhaps there is a third new member?
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