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Blind Tasting hang ups

Okay, so here's my start to a discussion board thread. (and by the way- thanks Andy and Nick!).


There are wines that I miss all the time in blind tastings. And after the tasting I always am the first to say, "But I love that wine!" And then I go out and buy ten examples of the wine that I "love". And I drink them. And I read about them. And I enjoy them. And then I go to a blind tasting and instead of landing the flight I crash it. Because one of the these wines I "love" is what I misbelieved.


I'm a firm believer in "bankers" and "Achilles heels" but how many times do you (anyone reading this thread) taste a wine and miss it and think to yourself "but I love (insert emoji here if you're that person) that wine???"


Here's my take.


I don't really love that wine I miss because I never recognize it. Maybe that's the case! If you never get Rioja and claim to love Rioja you might need to rethink the relationship. And you may ask yourself, "How do I nail this?" I mean, maybe David does. But sometimes you don't connect.


Does anyone else miss "wines they love" consistently? How do you get past blind spots? Do you love them?


Asking for a friend.


And yes Jeff, I am popping popcorn.


  • I’ll give you my take on this for what it’s worth. I think a wine that is testable from the perspective of any exam should have a set of objective qualities that will lead you unambiguously to that conclusion. I’m not saying that everybody will agree with this, but personally I don’t see the point in examining to a nebulous standard.

    My recommendation is to look at any wine style that you think is classic and identifiable and figure out what are the objective criteria which will lead you to that wine and no other classic wine. If you do this and you misidentify a particular wine, then there are four possibilities:

    1. You don’t know the objective factors that define that wine style
    2. You are not perceiving the objective factors correctly
    3. The individual wine you are tasting is not totally representative of the benchmark
    4. My theory on blind tasting is bogus

    Also, please don’t misinterpret this perspective for an argument that a wine has to be perfectly classic to be good. Some of my favorite dogs are not purebred. There’s nothing wrong with a mutt, but I do prefer them to be clean.
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