I'm looking for a good book on wine blind tasting. Can you recommend it?
Yup, "The Concise Guide to Wine & Blind Tasting 3rd Ed." by Neal Burton. Pretty much all you'll need. I reviewed it here but the title pretty much speaks for itself although sadly not available in an electronic format.
Also, if you don't know it, Tim Gaiser's site has a pretty excellent collection of article on blind tasting: http://www.timgaiser.com/
I'm enjoying Nick Jackson's "Beyond Flavor." He talks to Kruth about it in one of the recent guildsomm podcasts. It's all about acid and tannin structure and while not being very grid based, I've found it's helped my blind calls a lot in the short time I've had it.
Second Tim Gaiser recommendation. Also don’t be afraid to email Masters directly to get tasting advice or set up tastings. Sometimes they feel like the prettiest girl in the bar that never gets asked to dance.
I assume your have read our guide?
It's a great guide. Thank you.
Is the second edition the latest revision? Or is it different from the original book?
No, 3rd edition is the latest and most current. Sorry, mucked up my original post. Will fix.
Tim Gaiser's blog! www.timgaiser.com/how-to-taste-wine.html
This!!!!! Making me a much more effective taster when paired with the deductive method.
I just received the book and began easing and it’s quite a delight
I bought this book and am not happy with it. Good ideas, but they need better explanation and it is not systematic. For example, he says that level/type/location of tannins are the three elements for identifying tannins in red wines, but he doesn't then enumerate what each of those are for every grape he describes. He quite often will describe a grape without talking about all of the things that he feels are important for differentiating grapes, which is frustrating. Seeing how he describes these elements would be useful for the reader to develop their own roadmap, but as it is you're only given the vaguest idea and are left to figure it out on your own.
Additionally, some of the concepts are not very well delineated from each other as well and speaks to a self-published book that didn't get a review from an editor who could stand in for the reader when they had questions. In the end, everyone's journey with tasting is personal, and this book will help some people, just not me.