June 21, 2005

wine tasting numero uno

Today we had the first official wine tasting at the BFH. I chose a cabernet sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina bottled at the Trapiche vineyard. I'll recap some of the interesting tid bits that we all learned today:

1) cabernet sauvignon is probably the most popular type of wine in america
2) cabernet sauvignon ages the best out of all the wines
3) wine "body" refers ONLY to thickness or viscosity of wine
4) eating cheese and chocolate can drastically affect a wine's taste
5) 75% of taste comes from smell
6) your senses can become fatigued so the first sip is usually the most important
7) i have no idea how to use a corkscrew

Everyone tasting today agreed that the cab had a tobacco and leather flavor. Now I know it probably sounds gross to taste tobacco and leather in wine, but to tell ya the truth, it wasn't. There really is an art to getting the full flavor out of the wine. Some sips didn't produce any distinguishable flavors and with other sips the flavors came pouring out. I think it's obvious that in order to further sharpen our wine tasting skills we need more vino!

Posted by mrpibb at June 21, 2005 10:28 PM | TrackBack

Hey, you'll get the hang of the corkscrew once you've opened a few more bottles. I'm pretty decent with them after opening bottles for weddings at work. (think about 10 bottles at once.)

Posted by: Allison at June 22, 2005 9:17 AM

Actually, Merlot is the most commonly imbibed wine in the US

Posted by: thatsafinecigar at June 28, 2005 1:06 PM

not according to winepros.org

Posted by: Jon at August 1, 2005 11:48 AM

big thank

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