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What makes a “great” wine?

This is a very important part of this course.

So many “Intro to Wine” courses focus solely on tasting technique and description. “This equals that” kinda stuff.

I like to encourage people to step back and think more philosophically: what makes a wine that I like? Why do I like it? What do I like? And how do I find more of it?

Wine is subjective. And there is much debate regarding scores and the ability for people to judge a wine independently.

More links for good learning

Lots of fun stuff to read here.

Slate: Is blind tasting all it’s cracked up to be? Does it show quality?

The Guardian: Wine Tasting – is it junk science?

Vinepair: Wine critics matter because some opinions are better than others

NY Times: Wine’s pleasures – are they all in your head?

The Academic Wino: Is wine bottle weight associated with wine quality?