Getting Geeky with Wine & Spirits
The Fall 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits just hit the newsstand. I’m pretty psyched about how geeky it gets going deep into the question of how we taste wine. There are sections looking at fine-tuned specifics, like tasting for oak, or flaws. There are articles on particular tasting groups — one with some beloved North Coast winemakers, another with the viticulture and enology kids at UC Davis. I’m digging working my way through the write-ups, especially after spending a weekend talking on the question earlier this summer at IPNC.
The feature article for the issue was written by Gilian Handelman, head of wine education for Jackson Family Wines. Handelman takes a unique approach in that she works with winemakers and others on tasting wine by drawing them. (The idea might sound familiar? Some of us oddballs are starting to be more vocal about our synesthesia.)
Gilian invited me to taste wine with her and a few other people earlier this summer. She’s a kick to spend time with so I happily accepted. Upon arrival it turned out there the six of us were in the Wine & Spirits San Francisco office doing a tasting panel on visual wine tasting. Gil’s article proves interesting — she works through the idea of synesthesia, and the relevance of visual tasting, including a brief look at winemaker Patrick Reuter’s shape tasting, then goes in depth with our tasting panel experience. The write-up includes photos from the tasting, and examples from three of us drawing out notes.
The entire issue is well worth checking out. They did a great job at going in depth and being comprehensive with the subject.
Thank you to Gilian Handelman, and Joshua Greene for including me.