A friend invited me to Wine on Wednesdays at the Columbia Club downtown. Upon arriving, I was presented a flute of champagne. The host introduced the champagne and I walked into the room. As I raised the flute to sip the champagne, I could smell ginger immediately. And sure enough, I could taste it.
Throughout the tasting, several wines, champagnes and caviar were served. Each came with a description of origin and contents. The moment was impressive and entertaining. A different take on wine tasting in a very different setting. As everyone gathered to hear the next wine on the list, I was amazed at the different experiences each person was having with a particular wine.
Two guests were agreeing that they could taste and smell the fruit that was being described. Strangely enough, neither of them could taste the ginger or smell the ginger in the first champagne. As I mentioned earlier, I could smell and taste the ginger in the first drink. As I listened to the other guests agree and disagree with what they could taste, not taste, could smell and not smell, I came to the conclusion that my olfactory message does not have to mimic the others. Wine tasting is as individualized as sharing what you see in an abstract painting.
So swirl, sniff and sip and share your truth. Don't be intimidated if you are not in total agreement with what the other guests are sharing. Stick your nose deep in the glass and have fun.
Thank you, Mark Rowlands, for a fun evening.
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