Veraison is a wine publication that imagines the next sip while exploring the wine in its glass.
🍷 Tasting without labels
What is blind tasting? Blind tasting is tasting without knowing what the wine is, without seeing the label. It is a sensory experience with a bit of mystery, a bit of curiosity, a lot of guessing, a lot of surprises. You taste without knowing anything-not the grape, not the region, not the vintage, not the winemaker, nothing; and then you interpret it. Without being influenced, without labeling.
Illustration: Ester Saba
When we see a bottle of wine, we are inevitably impacted by the label, the year, the producer. What is written on the label immediately encodes our nose and palate expectations.
🔎 If you know which grape the wine is from, the nose immediately looks for those notes. For example, if you are tasting a Sauvignon Blanc; if you know the grape and know the bottle, it is almost impossible not to smell the lemon! Or if you have Cabernet Sauvignon in your glass, you say "Is that bell pepper?" and you look for it and find it in your nose.