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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I had a component wine tasting several years ago. It offered instruction on how to create various tastes and aromas by using very bland red and white wines and adding components such as chocolate, dirt, mushrooms, etc. How can I recreate this tasting?

—Brenda R., Cincinnati

Dear Brenda,

I think this is the article you’re looking for. It suggests you take an inexpensive, neutral (more polite than “bland”) red and white wine, and divide it among a dozen glasses, adding some ingredients to give you aroma standards. It’s a fun way to learn how to pick out all those compounds in wine. Enjoy!

—Dr. Vinny

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