Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Emotion in wine tasting?

In wine tastings reports you can read things like (for example): "Lots of freshness, fruit, black berries, a hint of leather and tobacco" And then it gets (again for example): 93 points.
I often wonder ... but did you LIKE the wine? And WHY? Did the wine touched you emotionally? Did the winemaker made himself clear to you, thru his wine? Did he or she communicated with you? And did you have somehing to eat with it? And ... who else was present? Your beautiful wife wearing her silver earrings?

It makes me think about how is written about hifi music systems over the years. Especially in the past, you could read reports like: "it had a lot of base and it played the silent parts without much hiss., logical a modern transistor design with 2 times XX watts and 0,0003% distortion ...." Followed by some more measurement results.

But then there were journalists that went one step further and did try to write about that something extra: "emotion and communication" ...Forget the Watts, did the system touch you? Did you feel and understood what the conductor and/or composer wanted to communicate to you? .....

"You can hear every nuance and inflection of every instrument; the dynamic range is unparalleled and the time-machine sensation of being present at the original performance is staggering—the performance, driven and I mean driven by Reiner's conducting as a man possessed is utterly electrifying. One of the most astonishing recordings the Hand Of Man has ever produced." .... (Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade [RCA LSC-2446])

How would it be if we introduced a little more "emotion" in our wine tastings and see if we understand what the wine maker and his/her terroir is telling us?

This is why JoliSoleil - JSwinetours states: "" Wine is like jazz: I can analyze song structure and such, but I'd rather enjoy the music".
What do you think? #jolisoleil
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