Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wine descriptions

Paul waxes lyrical to Pierre over tonight’s wine.


Paul: Rich with lots of spicy, earth-scented black cherry and berry flavors, hinting deliciously at chocolate on the smooth finish.

Pierre: It had a good nose. But it wasn’t a chocolate finish. More like an earthy resonance.

Paul: You can’t be serious. You’re talking about that sweetness at the back of the palate?

Pierre: The very spot.

Paul: Not earthy though.

Pierre: One man’s sweetness is another’s earthiness.

Paul: If you say so.



Of the five basic tastes of sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, salty, perhaps only the first three can be used to describe wine.

Beyond that, the wine writer has to become creative and inventive. As they do.

Using words to describe taste sensations is like trying to use words to talk about music; friendships can founder.


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