I completely misjudged a wine in a blind tasting recently. I'm blaming my mistake on the temperature.
I was visiting friends, and we were eating outside on a lovely summer evening. The host, who has an enviable cellar, brought out a red wine in a decanter and, telling me nothing at all about the bottle, asked for my opinion.
Incidentally, I find this kind of casual blind tasting both fun and frustrating. Fun because it's a challenge to my sensory acuity and taste memories and an opportunity to be a hero, even if I just get close. But frustrating too, because wines are so complex that without some kind of context, it's really hard to make sense of those indistinct sensory inputs.
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