We all can recall that moment when it comes. The wine is in the glass and you begin to study it. You have that taste and before you finish, you are already calling out varietals and regions. Well that’s because you and almost every wine drinker out there, think they know it all. I can say that most of the group does know it all, that’s why we can only drink amongst each other, but we need to take the minutes and appreciate it. Isn’t she beautiful; look as her color; appreciate her age; she smells like a bouquet of roses; and when see speaks… take the 60-120 seconds and listen before you judge her.
The group had the opportunity to have Mr. Brian P. Connors of Connors Davis Hospitality. Brian is a Professor at Johnson & Wales University, The School of Hospitality Management. He lectured us on the how we have different “Sensations we experience are Reality” or are they not. This often triggers our minds to believe the wine we prefer is immediately from something we experienced. Yes, we have links from your palette to your brain, but it’s time to stop and take the steps to understand the wine. What is good to you may be bad to someone else. Or is it just “different”.
Brian poured five wines. The final two were blind tastings after our lecture.
Wine #1: 2005 Tempranillo Spain, Valduero – 6 Años Reserva Premium.
Wine #2: 2008 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine #3: 2008 Gemstone Cabernet Sauvignon.
Brian’s lecture was comprised of many facets. To list a few: Sensation Versus Perception; Analysis Versus Evaluation; See / Sight (Color and Intensity); Smell Descriptors (Off-Odors or distinct aromas); The 6 ‘S’s (Swirl, Smell -Three times, Sweetness, Savor); the human tongue; French Oak (Vespa), American Oak (Harley Davidson), Hungarian Oak (Moped Bike); viscosity (2%, Whole Milk or Light Cream); Rim Variation (Age and quality with color consistency when you look at the wine from the side, below and directly from above.)
Here is where we have our initial conclusions (Climate, Variety, Quality Level, Age, New vs. Old World). After we think about the initial and a few minutes thinking, then we can come to our Final Conclusion. Varietal, Country, Region, Vintage, Quality/Price.
We were able to practice the wines with the information in front of us. Now was the test. BLIND.
Wine #4. White wine. Color: Light Gold meant wasn’t aged too long. Bouquet: Slight Minerals meant Old World. Old World meant the Region could be from Europe. Vintage: Rim Variation was light it meant young. Finally Quality: Sweet with citrus on the nose. Slightly textured, with a crisp finish. Andrew Cohen, nailed it. Sancerre – 2013 Domaine de la Perriere Sav Blanc.
Wine #5. Now here this one was great! It had all the challenges we love. Complex, interesting, old world, dark, high alcohol. Who guessed it? No one. This 2011 Ribera del Duero Pagos de Carraovejas was just hard to pinpoint.
As I said, we often know it all. Now, study the wine with these steps and you’ll be surprising people and yourself like a David Copperfield at the Playboy Mansion.