Answer: Wine 31

Answer: Wine 31

I never gave you my guess for Wine 31.

We've already established that I think it is something from Italy - basically just because my gut tells me so.

But this wine is pretty middle of the road - as far as structure goes - and has mostly plummy fruits, a little bit of fresh red berries, even some blackberry, but definitely more "purple" in flavor. Its a little bitter, and does have some elevated tannin. No oak aging that I can tell, and it feels like a cool/moderate climate. A lot of earth. so I'm going Old World. 

SO, my guess...

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ANSWER: Wine #30

ANSWER: Wine #30

OH! I have a BLOG!?! 


Taking a hot minute to reveal the answer to WINE 30 (SPOILER ALERT: take a peek HERE before reading on!)

The reason for SUPER long hiatus: life. 

But really, between grad school and other stuff, I've been studying for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 2 with the International Wine Center in NYC (passed, so now according to some peeps in London, I officially know something). I'm now going down into the Advanced (Level 3) rabbit hole... So we'll see if I can ever do this whole "blogging" thing on a regular basis. Good news: I've still been blind tasting and doing pretty well here and there. I've been keeping a record, so one of these days I need to enter them all into a spreadsheet and tally it up. There is a blind tasting for the Advanced exam, so I'm a bit nervous (besides the fact I need to memorize 250 pages of wine stuff...).

SO. What was WINE #30?

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Blind Tastings: Wine #29

SO. I have a big birthday coming up, and I figured I should write up another post before it rolls around... Actually, the number of this post is quite apropos. 


Well, what can help me get over the despair of entering into a new decade of my life?



(Nothing like a little deductive puzzle (that involves drinking wine) to distract you from how utterly-clueless you are about life in general)...


This wine was ruby, with some deep purple, and though it was transparent around the rim (so I thought it was maybe a few years old... a 2008?) I could barely see through the paper to the words below. This was a good clue: I knew I was not dealing with a thin-skinned grape like Pinot Noir. Nope. No, sir-ee-bob.

After a swirl, I noticed LOTS of those drips down the side of the glass called LEGS.

And, No, they don't mean how "GOOD" a wine is! (A common misunderstanding.)

It is a way to tell the viscosity of wine, which basically tells you if the grapes got really ripe. (There are other things that could affect this, but we'll keep it simple for now). Anyway, if you see a lot of them form slowly... you can be pretty confident that your wine is either really boozy or has some sugar in it...

I took a sniff. Yup. BOOZE.

Otherwise, lots of berries... ripe berries. Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry. And plums... Red Plum. Black plum.

Dirty. Earthy. Wet forrest floor. Definitely something funky... not like a barnyard smell I normally get in Spanish wines, and not meaty or gamey like from the Rhone in France. Just, maybe a little dusty? There was some minerality to this wine...

I also got a hit of sweet spice, which made me think it had seen some time in a barrel.

On the palate, it was more tart than I had expected. Some tart cranberries came through, but also some darker, purple fruits, like cassis (which I still haven't tasted on its own... Im just guessing at this point based on what I've been told it tastes like in other wine's I've tasted...). Maybe even some prune was going on...


  • med+ to high alcholol (it WAS BOOZY. I could feel the Buuuurrrrn)
  • med, maybe med + tannin. They were there, but not super mouth-drying... powdery, I'd say?
  • med + acid
  • med, med+ body

NOW. I'M GOING TO CHANGE THINGS UP A BIT. Just to keep you on your toes, you know?

Instead of me giving my guesses, I'll give you a couple of days to chime in...

What do you think this wine is?

Old world/New World? Climate? Age? Possible Grape Varieties? 

Take a guess in the comments below!

I'll post the correct answer on my actual birthday, as a grand-farewell to the last decade... 

ANSWERS: Wines #25-28

ANSWERS: Wines #25-28

WHEW. Started writing this all up over a month ago, and THEN...

Graduate school/everything else took over.

​Excuses, excuses. I know...

I really wanted to make it a good post and go into some serious detail. I think the concept of "terroir" (see below)* is a facintaing one... Basically, how one can taste the "somewhereness"* of a wine.

(You know, in my defense, delayed feedback can be good for memory....)​

Anyway, my perfectionist-tendencies kept me from returning to edit the post.  I felt as though I needed to devote a long writing session to get all the details in that I wanted to include.

BUT, HEY. I could ALWAYS get more in-depth, so my cursory overview of the grape variety at hand will simply have to do...

​For now, taking a break from manuscript writing (for a paper that is about learning by making mistakes) to answer a very important question:

What are Wines 25-28?

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