Wine aroma wheel, you can't tell the players without a scorecard.
Some of you may know me from my wine articles such as ďI Love Italian Wine and Food, Ē similar French and German series, and my new series ďA Wine Loverís Weekly Review of $10 Wine.Ē Itís true; I really do love wine and food from Italy, France, Germany, and other countries as well. And who among us can reject a bargain? But I also hate wine and many aspects of the wine scene. Let me explain my top ten reasons for this love-hate relationship. Previous articles discussed the unconscionable expense, the embarrassing lack of knowledge, no wine cellar, I canít get the Ö bottle opened, insomnia, food problems, and wine snobs. This article discusses the smells and tastes of wine.
After more than two years of fairly intensive wine tasting, I am now able to decree more than just a floral nose when facing a white wine. And I no longer am limited to describing a red wine as fruity. I can taste the earth in a Pinot Noir, especially when I know that itís a Pinot Noir. And even more so when my glass is dirty. As they often say, there are no right answers. Like hell there are no right answers, sometimes I just canít find them. Nobody in their right mind would want to drink something that smells like gasoline, or would they? Yes, I know about Riesling. I almost hope that Iíll be served a white wine smelling of gasoline. Iíll be able to identify it as such right off the bat. What about cat pee? Who would ever want to drink such a concoction? And yet some Sauvignon BlancsÖ
I just got a great idea for a new grape variety, letís create an offspring of these two stalwarts. Weíll introduce Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc to each other, get them a private dining room in a top of the line restaurant, and nine months or more likely several years later we will have a wine that combines the gustatory qualities of gasoline and cat pee. With my luck the issue of such a rendez-vous would probably be, floral. But I am somewhat relieved. I never liked green pepper in my wine. Lo and behold, most reviewers and fellow wine lovers seem to share my feelings.
Wine tasting kit for those who want to do it right.
Here are the other reasons that I hate wine, to be explored shortly: Those colors, Home brew, One more problem and yes, The Solution.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. His wine websites include
www.theworldwidewine.com and http://www.wineinyourdiet.com
Visit his website devoted to Italian travel www.travelitalytravel.com
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