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Snooth User: Degrandcru

Blind Tasting

Posted by Degrandcru, Mar 25, 2017.

I never thought much off blind tasting. I always thought I knew what I like and I can read, so what should blind tasting be good for. Well, for the last year I have been taking a sommelier course down here in Mexico City with a lot of blind tasting involved and it really opened my eyes.

It really helped me to better understand the characterics of grapes, terroir, winemaking, new world - old world... and it also opened my eyes on how much the label and price of a bottle actually influences your criteria. So as a matter of fact, you really can teach an old dog new tricks. I am a member of a blind tasting group now and feel that for me it really is a big step forward in this never ending voyage about wine.

What are your thoughts / experiences with blind tasting?

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Reply by outthere, Mar 25, 2017.

Blind tasting, the ultimate equalizer/playing field leveler.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 25, 2017.

Now try it blindfolded.  Hopefully you won't need a bib.  ;-)

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Reply by GregT, Mar 26, 2017.

Degrandcru - it's the best way I know of to test your knowledge. You think you know a region, a producer, etc. So taste the wines blind against some other wines. I used to do it weekly and as you say, it focuses your attention. Some people don't like it because they say wine is supposed to be enjoyed with food, etc, but I think that's completely BS.

If you play the piano, sometimes you play scales and exercises, sometimes you play your repertoire. If you play football, sometimes you do wind sprints and weight-room stuff and sometimes you play the game. So think of blind tasting like that - it's a pedagogical approach to help you learn more about something you're interested in. It helped me realize that I was able to recognize some regions while at the same time it helped me realize that it's pretty much impossible to know what some wine is when you're presented with it absent any context.

It also helped me realize that some letters after your name are pretty much meaningless. We used to include MWs and various somm certifications in the group and they were pretty much lost.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Mar 26, 2017.

Greg, I completely agree with you. Blind Tasting is a great tool to sharpen your senses. In the beginning I was pretty good in just telling the grape and region, but I could not really descripe why. It was just like going through memories and using the experience. And that is of course what a lot of especially young certified sommeliers lack. It takes many years of wine drinking to build up a taste memory. 

But the whole sommelier thing is a complete different issue. Great wine knowledge doesn´t necesarily make you a great sommelier... sommelier is a service job and his final goal is to make the customer happy. And about the letters after your name... its the same in most professions. I knew MBA´s who ran down well established businesses and college drop outs created some of todays leading companies...

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Reply by GregT, Mar 26, 2017.

Yep. I agree with everything you said.

Nice seeing you back!

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 26, 2017.

Agree with most of the above sentiments

Wine for those it is a passion or a job or both requires many different "training exercises"

Blind tasting is one of those

I think most forms of consuming wine is/can be fun

Sometimes blind sometimes with food sometimes with others sometimes alone

Importantly its about having fun and enjoying what you are doing

 

 


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