Quick & Easy Guide to Wine Tasting

TASTE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING

The average human tongue has over 5,000 taste buds. They detect the extra salt in a juicy grass-fed burger and the hint of lemon acidity in a light salad dressing. If we pay close attention, we can taste the whole spectrum of flavors: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami (savory).

Believe it or not, every one of these flavors is in a glass of natural wine. It’s true; fermented natural grape juice provides one of the most unique and well-studied taste experiences in the culinary world.

This is because a wine’s taste is more than just alcohol and grapes. Wine presents a complete sensory adventure. It’s actually a science called neuro-enology, and with a little practice, you can be a professional neuro-enologist – a.k.a., wine taster.

Here’s how…

What On Earth Is Terroir?

UNCOVERING THE ROOTS OF WINE

Terroir Is One of The Most Popular Words In The Wine World.

You’ve probably heard it many times before. It’s used to capture a wine’s soul, encompassing the history of a wine’s homeland and the journey the grapes took from vine to bottle. Every wine region in the world – and every vineyard within – has a unique terroir.

Real terroir has been lost over the years. It’s overcomplicated by showy sommeliers and used as a marketing tool by big wine companies.  

In truth, terroir is a wonderfully simple idea. You can get a sense of it in every natural wine you drink, regardless of whether you’ve been tasting wines for decades or you’re trying a bottle for the first time.

So What Really Is Terroir?