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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.


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  • "For love is blind all day and may not see." -- Chaucer, Merchant's Tale
    To Geoff's point, write down everything you love about the beloved, and then identify what those loved things are. Dissect. We become so familiar with, say, aged Red Burg, that we choose not to see its pickle juice, dried sour cherry, leather, brett and barrique. So it becomes Gran Reserva Rioja in our minds.
    Before this turns into a therapy session . . .
    Love, jimmy
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