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THE STRANGE SCENTS OF WINE: FROM NAIL POLISH TO CAT PEE

During the olfactory analysis of wine, the sommeliers often evoke bizarre scents, that make them sound like aliens, a bit boastful.

Let me make some example: the scent of some New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon, reminds us of green pepper salad, we then describe the Rhine Riesling Mosel as wines with a strong smell of hydrocarbons and gunpowder, and in red wines, aged in barrels for a long time, we can perceive hints of nail polish. At the height of strangeness, in some French wines, particularly in Sauvignon blanc, we smell "cat pee".

Wine smells like cat pee or nail polish

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wine tasting. visual examination - the color of the wine

wine tasting. visual examination - the color of the wine

In the wine tasting, during the visual examination of wine, after checking the brilliance, which provides information on the wine quality, and the texture, watching the tears and the arches, should be found information on the evolution of the wine, assessing the color.

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The color of the wine provides a lot of information.

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how wine tasting can improve your life?

Life is a wonderful experience, made of fleeting moments, positive memories to recall every time one needs a positive charge. That's why I've learned to taste wine.

Each one of us has had the opportunity in his life to uncork a prestigious bottle of wine.

          

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WINE TASTING: VISUAL EXAMINATION - brightness, tears and archs

The journey to discover wine tasting begins in the glass.
Already at first sight the wine speaks of itself, of its history. It’s like the first encounter with a handsome stranger. I do not know who he is, but his look is familiar to me and, at first sight, I can make assumptions.

The brightness

Firstly I should check if my wine has an attractive, bright and pleasant color. A little dull or matt color can be a warning, because it indicates oxidation: my wine may have been improperly stored or it have reached the end of its history. When I am at the restaurant, if I am served with a wine whose color is bad, I should check immediately its scent and, often, I do not even need to taste it to send it back firmly.

 

The texture

Swirling the glass, the wine creates tears and arches, that give us some information on the texture of the wine. An aged wine, that is a bit denser, will leave thick, viscous streaks (called legs or tears) down the sides of the glass when swirled. When the tears are slow and the arches are thick and tight , the wine has a great texture.

However, if the tears are fast and the arches are wide, such as with still water, probably the wine is young and has not been stored in barrel.

 

In the next post I will talk about which information provides the color of the wine during the visual examination.

 

 
                
      

wine tasting for ESN STUDENTS

Milan: wine tasting, in English, for my ESN friends, in That's Prosciutto location.

I've got a lot of great memories in this place. Just one year ago,  I have conducted a wine tasting to a group of Erasmus students.

Remeber my lesson: Wine is a pleasure, if you are drunk what pleasure is?

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pasta alla Norma typical Italian food and wine in Sicily

Italy, Sicily island, Acitrezza. In a restaurant by the sea, the scent of orange blossom and salty, the gaze lost in the breathtaking landscape of black lava layered over the centuries, from Etna to the sea. 

The strong and refreshing acidity of carricante grapes, wipes my mouth from greasy fried aubergines and its good aromatic finish (PAI), will balance the taste-olfactory persistence of pasta alla Norma.

Try the typical Italian wine and food in Sicily island, enjoy sea, sun, views and perfumes, Italy can offer to you! 

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Introduction to wine tasting The rule of 5s

Life is full of surprises and our perceptions are a continuum of stimuli and complexity , so many that we have not enough words to express what we feel. Moreover do you know that humans have an unlimited number of perceptions? It has not yet been invented a machine to analyze a scent, like a good nose trained. 

That's why I'm here, telling you how to use your senses while tasting your glass of wine.

5s

Wine should be tasted with 3 of our senses organs : sight, olfaction and taste.

To get the highest pleasure from a wine, is not enough to drink it. There exist steps and rules to better get it, that can be sum up in the the "5 S" :

See  -  Swirl  -  Sniff  -  Sip  -  Savor

 

 

Hold the glass

To have a satisfactory sensory examination, it is important before tasting, to learn how to properly hold the glass.

Hold the glass by the stem is elegant and correct for 3 reasons :

  1. SEE. You can more easily see the beauty of the wine color, which gives us a lot of information about wine. Looking instead our fingers or fingerprints on the "rim points" is not nearly as pleasant. 

  2. SWIRL and SNIFF. Swirling the wine in the glass, you can unleash a greater quantity of volatile substances, so you concentrate the aromas, sniffing them in full. Holding the stem allow you to have your hand far from your nose, appreciating better the wine perfumes instead of your hand lotion ones. 

  3. SWIRL and SAVOR. Swirling the glass, the wine molecules cling to the glass, forming tears and arches, which provide information on the texture of the wine. 

  

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