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You may have heard of umami-the fifth taste, after sweet, salty, bitter and sour-and read about it in this magazine. It is translated from Japanese as "deliciousness," and is perceived by many as a texture. Nevertheless, umami does not occupy the same status as the other tastes: When was the last time you heard someone bite into a burger and say, "This needs more umami"? Now you can change that. Wine Spectator features editor Owen Dugan explains.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 9, 2010.
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