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Blind tastings are to wine what strip poker is to love.

November 5, 2010 How To  No comments

The title of this post is a quote by the famous wine importer Kermit Lynch.  I've been on the fence as to whether or not I believe in blind tasting, but recently have come to believe, that much like strip poker, you aren't getting the whole experience if you judge a wine blind.

Robert Parker has taken a lot of heat recently because he tastes blind "whenever possible", which is likely not very often since he conducts both barrel and bottle tastings at the winery.  In 2009, Parker conducted a 2005 Bordeaux blind tasting during which he misidentified most wines and proclaimed wines he had previously given lower scores to be his favorites of the night.  On the other hand, Wine Spectator tastes all of their wine blind but, in my opinion, part of the wine experience is knowing the producer,

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