Wine’s Inner Terroir

Wine portrait: Pinot Noir 2008 hope & grace. The French use a term “terroir” to talk about a wine’s expression of place.  They say that only certain wines express terroir which means they express the land and its temperament. We experience terroir  as sensory qualities of  a wine’s nature, its personality and spirit. What influences ‘terroir’ land where...
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Synesthesia: Tasting shapes?

There is a sensory experience that some folks have where they SMELL numbers or SEE  sounds.  Jimi Hendrix HEARD the color blue and physician Richard Cytowic wrote about one of his patients who tasted chicken as angular.  Check out his interesting book “The Man who Tasted Shapes.” Synesthesia is a state in which sensory experiences are cross-wired in the brain.  Some say this is...
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Opening Up

Wine lovers talk about how a wine opens up once its let out of the bottle. When we pour wine into our glass and swirl, we’re helping the wine open up.  It softens and release its many volatile components into the air, and our nose.  A lot more happens, of course, as the wine in our glass opens up. We may open up too while the wine does. And for those of us who are patient and lucky enough...
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