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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?
https://slate.com/human-interest/2007/11/blind-tastings-aren-t-the-best-way-to-evaluate-wine.html

The Guardian: Wine Tasting – is it junk science?
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/23/wine-tasting-junk-science-analysis

Vinepair: Wine critics matter because some opinions are better than others
https://vinepair.com/articles/wine-critics-matter/

NY Times: Wine’s pleasures – are they all in your head?
https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/dining/07pour.html

The Academic Wino: Is wine bottle weight associated with wine quality?
http://www.academicwino.com/2012/05/is-wine-bottle-weight-associated-with.html/