Daily Wine News: Tasting Notes and Other Fallacies

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-03-2021

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“’We don’t have the equivalent of eye glasses or hearing aids for taste buds,” says Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace, PhD, a taste researcher who worked for many years at Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences. But Lovelace’s research, and the research of her colleagues, “shows that there are significant differences in the way the general population tastes and perceives different flavors”. There are essentially four different kinds of tasters, and some flavors that are perceived by certain groups of tasters completely elude others.” In Wine-Searcher, Kathleen Willcox takes a look at the science of taste and tasting notes.

Are subscriptions the new wine clubs? Erin Kirschenmann explores how wineries are considering new ways of providing wine to customers in Wine Business. “Overall, that study showed 15 percent of U.S. adults have joined a new subscription service in the last year…In a COVID era, subscription boxes can be an interesting way to bring in new customers who wouldn’t be able to visit your tasting room in person.”

An Australian company has launched what is claimed to be the world’s first “purple wine.” Called Purple Reign, the wine is a Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend infused with organic, plant-based botanicals. Richard Woodard has more details about the concotion in Decanter.

In Wine Enthusiast, Chadner Navarro looks at how adventurous beer drinkiers have helped the natural wine scene flourish in Denver.

Also in Wine Enthusiast, Stacy Briscoe reports on how northern California winemakers are shifting their practices amid the drought emergency.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre explores the importance of the “epiphany bottle.”

Expect prices of coffee, wine, toilet paper and other grocery items to rise in the post-Covid-19 era, says Soo Kim in Newsweek.

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