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Feb 13, 2021

Umami taste in wine: another fake news?

I have always claimed to my students that it was implausible to perceive umami in wine. Umami, the 5th basic taste, has never been reported in wine; then, a scientific publication released in January 2021 suggested some wine styles had "umami potential."

Umami taste is characteristic of many natural and fermented food products such as tomato, fish/soy sauce, broth, cheese. Why not in wine, which is also a fermented beverage?

Umami taste in wine is the topic of this week's article.

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Feb 06, 2021

How Blind Wine Tasting Training Improves Your Sensory Skills

Have you heard about the Varsity Blind Wine Tasting Match?The Oxford University Blind Tasting Society competes every year against their Cambridge University rival in the Varsity Blind Wine Tasting Match. Champagne House Pol Roger sponsors the event since 1953.

"The aim of this game is to identify the grape variety used, its origins, and the vintage of the wine."

It is undoubtedly impressive when people succeed, and it demonstrates their ability to match their perceptions and wine knowledge.

I came across research investigating if the training to perform at such a blind wine tasting competition improves the tasters' abilities to smell and taste.

In this week's article, I delved into this study and extract insights for you to consider in your journey to step up your wine tasting game.

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Jan 23, 2021

The words to describe wine: experts versus non-experts

The influence of wine experts pushed a generation of wine lovers to believe they had to gain extensive wine knowledge to speak the same expert language.

However, a new generation now seeks wine reviews written by people like them and shared through mobile applications.The wisdom of the crowd provides then guidance on the most liked wines and their descriptions.BUT,Do these two types of wine reviews convey similar meanings of the words they use to describe wines? 


In this week's article, I share the findings of a French study. It investigated if the level of wine expertise affected the way people categorize wine odors.

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Jan 16, 2021

Test your Wine Knowledge

When we start our wine education, we often aspire to develop an articulate language to share our experience with others.

Expertise builds on extensive wine knowledge that you acquired by studying wine styles, wine regions, and the science of growing grapes and making wine. And of course, tasting a wide range of wines!

The more you learn about wine, the more you taste different wines, the more you developed expertise.

Are you ready to test your wine knowledge?

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Jan 14, 2021

Does our ability to smell improve with aging?

Would not it be nice if our ability to smell improved with aging as the "vins de garde" (wines for aging) do?

It won't come as a surprise if I told you that our ability to smell is critical when we practice wine tasting; indeed, the majority of sensations we experience are through the nose, i.e., the sense of olfaction.

Is this indispensable ability declining with age, as it happens for our visual or hearing acuities?

Several readers have shared their concerns with me as they started noticing a sort of decline in their smell perceptions as they age.

Some uplifting news has been released in December 2020, stating that "wine appreciation improves as a person gets older." This is the topic of this week's article.

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Dec 31, 2020

The best of 2020 Wine Tasting Tips

I consider the best of 2020 wine tasting tips, the articles that captured the most attention and engagement from my readers.

The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what was on point and what was not useful to you, wine enthusiasts reading my weekly newsletter.

Here are the best of 2020 tips.

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Dec 26, 2020

Discover the flavor nuances of sparkling wines so you can choose the right one for closing 2020 with sparkles

So let’s celebrated the close of 2020 with some sparkles!

I am very excited to announce and host a Live Masterclass on December 29th at 5:00 PM EST to share what I learned over the years on sparkling wines.

Champagne and sparkling wines are associated with joy and celebrations.

As you may know, I am a native of the Champagne wine region in France and a bubbly lover.

My parents always had a bottle of Champagne in the fridge. It was the way people in Champagne were, popping the cork when friends were visiting, for a family reunion, and of course for the New Year.

But there are many sparkling wines around the world: Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, etc.They are all sparkling but have different aromatic profiles that you may like or not fancy at all.

The masterclass will be a two-hour training, including a guided tasting and a live Q&A session.

You will get a copy of the materials shared during the live session. And if you attend LIVE, you will get a bonus resource describing the typical sparkling wine aroma, origin, and recipes to create homemade aroma standards.

At the end of the training, you will feel knowledgeable and comfortable navigating the sparkling wine aisle and describing all the sensations you perceive when tasting a glass of sparkling wine.

The question is: Will you join me?

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Dec 19, 2020

Discover the typical aromas of Tawny Port Wines and their origin

This week's article aims to take you to Portugal and discover the typical aromas of Tawny Port Wines and their origin.

Port Wines express many aromas that evolve during aging over 10, 20, 30, or 40 years. This complexity is worth discovering and learning how to describe it.

You will first acquaint (or re-acquaint) yourselves with Port wines and their characteristics.

Using recently published literature, I review the characteristics of the main grape varieties used to make Port wines, along with the winemaking and wine aging processes.

We then dive into Port wines' typical aroma, and you will discover the nuances identified by a sensory panel. I then offer probable explanations on the aroma origins.

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Dec 12, 2020

Where Should You Start to Learn How to Taste Wine

Whenever someone asks where they should start to learn how to taste wine, I reply with a question: What is your purpose?

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Dec 05, 2020

Does your wine book library need an update?

I created a giveaway to offer you the chance to win two books that, I believe, will challenge your understanding of wine appreciation.

1-Flawless by Jamie Goode and

2-Smellosophy by A.S Barwich

And you can increase your odds with just a few additional clicks!

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