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Tasting Like a Pro: What’s the Point? – from The Garagiste Festival

“Fresh-Cut Garden Hose!”

In the documentary Somm, that phrase is used as an aroma descriptor for a wine by one of the Master Sommelier candidates. Really?

I don’t know, call me crazy, but I have a hose and a garden and yet would still be challenged to recognize that aroma in a glass, let alone in real life… and it is just this kind of esoteric silliness that causes some to disdain what can, in fact, be a fun and enlightening process for understanding wine – what the WSET certification program (of which I am a level four diploma student) calls the ‘systematic’ approach to tasting, and which measures about 23 different factors to assess/identify a wine.

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