Happy Monday, everyone! I took a day-trip to Napa with my parents a few weeks back, and it was a day very well spent! I only wish I understood wine. At all the wineries we went to, whenever our hosts talked about the different wines–the butter, the raspberry, or the chocolate flavors–I was always very confused. Butter, in wine? Chocolate?! Man, I wish I had their taste buds.
They all talk about wine so passionately, too. I really really wanted to be able to taste all these flavors that they raved about, but I swear, my flavor gauge on wine is limited to bitterness. If you ask me to tell the difference between two different wines, I’ll only be able to tell you that one is more bitter than the other, or one is more sweet and tangy. But if you want me to get into the subtle aromas in the wines, sorry…no can do. I wonder if it’s a skill that can be acquired. I feel like I’ve had a good share of sips of different wines that I should be able to somewhat grasp the different flavors…but maybe I’m just not a wine person.
Anyway, despite my lack of wine knowledge, going to Napa is still always fun. The wineries are beautiful, as are the vineyards. We ended our day tasting olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and I must say, I enjoyed that a lot more than the wine-tasting. Well, I shouldn’t say “enjoyed more,” but I was better able to comprehend the different flavors.
Are any of you guys wine pros? 🙂 I’d love to know how you guys trained your taste buds.