Just sayin' . . .
“Aromas of peach, oatmeal, subtle notes of charred peat, seasoned by complex lees derived characters, with flashes of matchstick, zesty orange rind and ginger deftly laced with complex seasoned oak. . . “ That’s an actual tasting note for a wine, though it’s edited down from the original, which was even longer (and sillier). Somehow, back in the 1980s, wine writers decided that stripped-down descriptions of wines wouldn’t do any more, maybe because they were looking to make their work more distinctive. So, what winemaker
once called “fruit-salad tasting notes” began appearing. They continue, despite much deserved derision, in some
places. Now, supermarket chain Tesco has announced they will start
using descriptions from consumers who have attended a special tasting of their new
range; I was thinking it could be a good idea until I got to the end of the
announcement, which noted that wine bloggers would also be included in the
trials. Oh well. . . John Parducci