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Wine-tasting: it's junk science

Wine-tasting: it's junk science | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
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.

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Nick Breeze's comment, June 26, 2013 4:31 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 26, 2013 9:13 PM
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 4:03 AM
They range a from fair to outright fiction.
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Vin : La minéralité, un concept à la mode - Actualités - La Vigne, le magazine du monde viticole, de la viticulture et du vin

Vin : La minéralité, un concept à la mode - Actualités - La Vigne, le magazine du monde viticole, de la viticulture et du vin | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
27 500. C’est le nombre d’occurrences à la minéralité que Cees Van Casteren, journaliste international du vin, a trouvé en épluchant 258 000 notes de dégustation du « Wine Spectator », célèbre revue américaine spécialisée dans le vin.

Via Audrey Domenach, Tourdot Raphaelle
David Swaddle's insight:

OK, it's all in French, but Google does a good job of translating this article.

 

Can you describe minerality?

 

It seems that "minerality" is all the rage. It's mentioned in 10% of all Wine Spectator and Decanter' tasting notes. That's more than "woody", "fruit" or "floral", yet nobody quite seems to be able to describe it.

 

I've done experiments getting people to put pebbles in their mouth and then taste Chablis. It's fun watching their Marlon Brando impressions and seems to help, but it's still difficult to describe.

 

So, how about you. Can you describe minerality??

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Wine Experts and Foodies: Are They Super Tasters? Or Are They Faking It? |

Wine Experts and Foodies: Are They Super Tasters? Or Are They Faking It? | | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
  I think it’s blatantly obvious that people have different taste preferences:  from food and wine to coffee and cake; if you grab someone off the...

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Compass Box whisky tasting in East Twickenham

Compass Box whisky tasting in East Twickenham | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Those amazing folks @real_ale have stepped up with another free tasting. This time it's not just beer, it's whisky. It's not just whisky...it's Compass Box whisky.

 

If you're looking to get a bottle of something for the festive season, or for that scotch loving friend of yours, then you should get your butt along to this tasting and sample some of the best and most affordable whisky going.

 

29th November 7.30pm at Real Ale's shop, 371 Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 2EF

 

Ah, if only I still lived round the corner...then I'd be there!

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Where to taste wine in Bordeaux

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It sounds like a lot has improved since I last visited, with a wealth of places to learn, taste and drink wine in Bordeaux.

 

Read Natasha Edwards' guide to getting to grips with grapes in Bordeaux. What a great place to go and do a bit of "research and development".

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How not to be a wine snob

How not to be a wine snob | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
Sniff, swirl, sip and say something pretentious. It doesn't need to be this way.
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Want to avoid being a wine wanker?

 

Nick Bhasin's articles highlights some of the warning signs.

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Tim Atkin MW | Articles | Everyday value?

Tim Atkin MW | Articles | Everyday value? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it
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Tim Atikin has written up his recent tasting of supermarket own-brand wines. It's interesting and might convince you to try a few.

 

What would be even more interesting would be to try the next levels up. I'd never expect the "value" or "kwality" wines to be that great, but the "special", "finest" and ones where we should "taste the difference" can represent really good value for money.

 

What do you think? Any wines that you'd add to Tim's drink or avoid lists?

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Taste 30 wines FREE this Sunday 12-7pm at The Good Wine Shop Kew

Taste 30 wines FREE this Sunday 12-7pm at The Good Wine Shop Kew | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

My friends at The Good Wine Shop, right by Kew Gardens Station, have a great tasting of their Christmas range this weekend.

 

If I still lived in London, I'd be there. They've got a great range of wines from smaller producers with a wide range of prices. If you're looking for something a little bit more interesting to drink during the bleak winter nights, or to celebrate with at Christmas, then why not see what they've got to interest you?

 

I don't get paid for promoting this, I just think it's a great way to find out more about wines that you enjoy.

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Touching on the science of smell and taste

Touching on the science of smell and taste | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Why is it that people who can identify flavours and aromas in wine are frequently labelled as snobs, when in other fields they're considered experts?

 

This little article asks the question of why people get labelled as wine ponces.

 

It's worth a read, but I tend to think that people get derogatory labels such as "snob" and "bore" more for their demeanour than their olfactory ability.

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