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Wine-tasting: it's junk science

Wine-tasting: it's junk science | Wine in the World |
Experiments have shown that people can't tell plonk from grand cru. Now one US winemaker claims that even experts can't judge wine accurately. What's the science behind the taste?
David Swaddle's insight:

Is wine scoring a complete waste of time?


If experts can't give consistent scores and the general public, professionals are completely fooled by labels and the general public almost random in their tastes,then why bother with wine scores?


Personally, I think that wine tasting is very important. It should be done by everybody, not just experts. Use personal tasting to eliminate those you don't like and discover wines that you enjoy. As for scores, I tend to ignore them as too often they're just an echo of the price.

Nick Breeze's comment, June 26, 2013 9:31 AM
David, I agree. It's far more fun to challenge the back labels on wine bottles. Most of them read like a "word cloud" of a hundred other wine label word clouds. Completely meaningless. Nick
David Swaddle's comment, June 27, 2013 2:13 AM
I played a game at a tasting once where people had to match the back-label descriptions to the wines, after tasting and debating all of them. Only 3 out of 6 were matched correctly, showing just how useless they can be.
Nick Breeze's comment, June 27, 2013 9:03 AM
They range a from fair to outright fiction.
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Name that grape - Cornell needs your help

Name that grape - Cornell needs your help | Wine in the World |

Ever wanted "lasting glory and fame"? Now's your chance!


Professor Bruce Reisch at Cornell is asking for help finding more romantic names for NY76.0844.24 and NY95.0301.01.


Maybe Fricka or zähtraminer for the white? Blau Spritzen (good if it makes a sparkling wine) or Genevay for the red?? Maybe I'll come up with something better tonight after a glass of wine?


Thinking caps on everybody.

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James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value | Wine in the World |

The results are out for Mr Halliday's Chardonnay challenge and there seem to be a couple of value choices in the winners.


$22 will grab you a bottle of Eden Road 'The Long' Road Chardonnay 2011. With a score of 96 it's bound to tickle your tastebuds.


Potentially even better, $21 can get you a bottle of 2011 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay. At 97 points and described as being "more Chablis like", this one sounds very intersting.


Got over $100 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you can splash out on a bottle of the winner, Penfold's 2008 Yattarna Chardonnay. Maybe they're achieving their goal of producing a white wine to sit alongside Grange. If you're buying a couple of bottles then don't forget to invite me to the opening!


Links for UK purchases (not necessarily the same vintage, so beware):


I can't find these in the USA at the moment.

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