November 15, 2009
Upon Opening, It Gave Off a Nose of "Damp Forest Floor," But With Some Air It Was "Elderflower" With Just a Hint of "Marzipan"
Posted by Jeff Lipshaw
If like me, you are a fan of, but overwhelmed by, Steve Bainbridge's knowledge of food and wine, there's a product for you. My wife ordered the WSJ Wine starter kit, and I have no idea if this stuff is any good, but it comes with a poster-like "Taste Prompter" that is something like a color wheel. Tastes are categorized into Vegetal, Chemical, Earth, Animal, Spice, Sweet, Fruit, Wood, Flower, and Fire. Then there are further subdivisions (e.g., Wood divides into Nuts and Resins; Fruit divides into Tree Fruit, Processed, Tropical, Citrus, and Berry). Then we get to the tastes themselves. As an aspiring horseman, I like "sweaty saddle." "Honeysuckle" sounds nice, but I can do without "roofing felt." Same with "almond" and "pencil-shaving." I was disappointed to see there is no "crumbling Northeast Reporter 2d."
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Speaking as a European who has spent his formative years in France and Italy whenever possible, I submit there are three categories:
"very good wine"
Attempts to find a common ground about what distinguishes fine quantum levels inside the latter two categories are futile and irreducible. Pirsig also applies.
Posted by: Simon | Nov 16, 2009 7:13:47 PM