I spent all of 2018 analyzing Wine for my studies. So much so, that once I got on the other side of the CMS Certified Sommelier and WSET 3 Exams, I simply wanted to drink wine because I liked it again. I currently find joy in drinking wines that aren't "testable" lol. But every once in a while, that itch comes back.
Last week, one of my Wine Boo's, @blackgirlsdinetoo was at a blind tasting, and a discussion about Riesling vs Gewurztraminer brought it back for me. There's a gratifying rush when you get the wine right! And if you bang up a flight which definitely happens, you live to fight another day.
So, what's the point of Sight, Smell, Taste, & Conclusion, if you're not taking a test?
For me, and many others, wine is a sensory experience. Looking at a wine prepares me for what I could or should expect on my nose and palate. The clarity, color, its intensity, rim variation, the tears/legs, evidence of gas all give clues based on the database I've built from wines I've had in the past.
Here’s a few Fun Facts:
1- As White wines get older, they get darker in color, while Red Wines get lighter.
2- Tears/Legs are not a quality indicator. What they can indicate is either high alcohol/and or high sugar content. They are pretty to look at though!
Next time you pour a glass, hold it up against a white background, and start to build your database, if you haven’t already. What are you opening up this week? Talk to me in the comments!