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Chris Corley
May 4, 2019 | Questions, Tasting Wine | Chris Corley

The Single Most Important Thing About Tasting Wine

All of our enthusiastic fans and supporters of our MONTICELLO and CORLEY wines intuitively understand the single most important thing about tasting and enjoying wine.

They know what they like, and what they don't like. Everything beyond that first intuitive questions is just a variation of 'Why?'

Most everyone can quickly and intuitively determine whether or not they like music when they hear it. Many of those same people don't have a deep understanding of musical theory, or whether the song is composed in 4/4 or 7/8 time, or if the primary chords are minor or major, or if it's being played in the key of E, A or C. They just feel, they know if they like it or not.

In an instant, you'll know whether the music of bagpipes is inspiring to you and makes you want to don a kilt, paint your face and charge down a mountainside into battle ... or its a wail that makes you want to run and hide in a highland cave. The first question is answered intuitively ... Do I like it or not? How does it make me feel? ... You don't need to understand how the bagpipes work, when or why they were invented or how they are used in battle or ceremony.

You'll know intuitively whether or not the sounds of distorted heavy metal guitar, conga drums, mandolins or pan flutes appeal to you without understanding anything about the instruments or how they are played. You'll know whether you prefer the rhythm of Metallica or Mozart, without needing to understand the technical complexities of the compositions.

It's the same with wine. You'll know intuitively whether or not you like a wine when you first taste it. You don't need to understand the dynamics of yeast fermentation, the soil composition of a vineyard block, or whether the wine was aged in French oak for 22 months or 28 months to determine if you like the wine. That information answers the questions 'why?'.

Do I like it? How does it make me feel? This is intuitive, primary, tangible and visceral. Deeper levels of understanding can generate deeper levels of enjoyment ... enhanced, enlightened and intellectual ... they come from all of the secondary and teritary 'whys?'.

On a primary level, every one of us is qualified to answer the visceral questions ... Do I like it? How does it make me feel?

We hope that you enjoy our MONTICELLO and CORLEY wines, and that we'll have opportunities to help you answer the 'Whys?'


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@ May 6, 2019 at 3:28 PM
Nicely stated, winemaker Chris. It helps when all the wines you make are nuanced and beautiful!

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@ Jul 16, 2019 at 4:40 AM
I guess that you have mentioned all possible things for those who understand and truly enjoy wine tasting!

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@ Jul 19, 2019 at 12:25 PM
A wine taster is one of the most privileged and desirable specialties in the world. After all, in fact, you just drink wine and you get paid for it. What could be better?

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@ Aug 5, 2019 at 1:42 PM
I have always heard that the most professional and talented taster will never drink wine. He will understand it by its aroma. And intuition of course.

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