Love it or hate it, pumpkin spice season is upon us. Everywhere we turn, there are pumpkin beers, pumpkin lattes, and even pumpkin spice vodka or pumpkin spice-flavored Baileys Irish Cream. For wine drinkers who secretly (or publicly) enjoy a Starbucks PSL from time to time, there are plenty of wines with similar flavor profiles. I’m not talking […]
Have you ever heard someone describe a wine as a fine example of Riesling, exuding flavors of lime, nectarine, and petrol? We know, something sounds off here. Why in the world would anyone want a wine that smells and tastes of gasoline? But believe it or not, these kerosene notes coming from your glass are […]
Spring might be the most fragrant time of year. After a long, sleepy winter, everything is in bloom once again: flowers, grass, produce, even people. It seems only appropriate to drink floral, spring-scented wines to celebrate. There’s actually a reason that some grape varieties are more aromatic, floral, and springy than others. It’s all thanks to something that […]
Wine is filled with aromas for you to interpret. That interpretation happens somewhere between your nose, your brain, and your olfactory system. You use this triangle to detect and recognize aromas in wine. But it’s this same system that allows you to detect flaws in wine. The rub is that you have to experience a wine fault […]
The lexicon of wine terminology is as flexible as our verbal ingenuity: “You taste Milk Duds in there? Hmmm. I get notes of rotted out Jack-o-Lantern.” “You’re crazy, I don’t get a hint of Jack-o-Lantern, not a hint.” “A scary-faced one, not a cheerful one.” “Ahhhhhhh, yes.” In that conversation, with that particular palate subjectivity, […]
Look, we all love Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a classic, crisp white wine that’s both affordable and great year round, and today — April 24th — is its day! But despite being delicious, Sauvignon Blanc often has smells that are… surprising. Here are 11 of the most outlandish ones. 1. Grass 2. Cat Pee 3. Bell […]
It’s happened to all of us. We’re sitting among a group of friends, wining and dining, when the first bottle of wine is ceremoniously opened. With swirling glasses, those around us list off a smorgasbord of complex scents and aromas supposedly wafting from the glass. Earthy dampness with smoke and licorice, leather, and even hints […]
As we always say, everyone’s experience with wine is different, and what you smell or taste does not have to be exactly the same as what the person next to you with the same glass experiences. If you think a wine smells like grapes and only grapes, then damnit that’s what it smells like.