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A Matter of Taste

Had an interesting experience that just highlighted the subjectivity of wine and taste.  Usually Mrs. F and I are in sync with our feelings on a wine.  Very often we write down our ratings so as to compare them to each other fairly and I would estimate about 95% of the time we are within two points of each other.  However, this past weekend we had a wine that we couldn’t even agree on what it tasted like let alone a rating.  It wasn’t a bottle we bought, so we knew nothing about it and we were drinking it with some homemade pizza (Mrs. F even made the fresh mozzarella herself!] that we had cooked on the grill.   Anyway, I though the wine was very sweet, over-extracted and full of fake fruit taste.  I think my exact comments were something like “it tastes like bad Two Buck Chuck”  Mrs. F said it was extremely dry, acidic and thin!  We both kind of looked at each other stunned.  After several more tasting we both stuck to our guns.  Just goes to show how truly subjective wine is.  Take all “recommendations” with a grain of salt.  There’s only one palate that truly counts- yours and life is far too short to drink crappy wine.

PS We both thought the wine sucked, but for different reasons (I gave it a 78, Mrs. F an 83).   The remainder of the bottle is in the fridge awaiting incorporation into the next batch of tomato sauce.

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Riondo Prosecco Tasting

As mentioned previously Frederick Wine Househas regular free tastings.  In their weekly email I just noticed that one of the wines they are pouring on Saturday June 21st is Riondo Prosecco.  We’ve had this many times before and is consistently one of our favorites for taste and value.  Its frizzante, which means that it is less bubbly than spumante style prosecco, but its well worth swinging by for a taste.  I went back and dug up my tasting notes from the last time I had a bottle:

Light bubbles- definitely frizzante. Strong apple taste with hint of butterscotch. Surprisingly long finish. A little sweet. Overall very good & low in alcohol.  Picked several bottles up for $8.99 so it was a great QPR.  Rating 89

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Great Wine Resource

Hey check this out.  Not Frederick specific (again), but it’s a great tasting card developed by a person named Alder Yarrow who runs a San Francisco-oriented wine blog called Vinography.  It’s really handy for those times when you can’t put a word on the taste you are experiencing.  You can print it out and keep it at home for easy reference.

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