Student: Sensei, what is the secret of wine?
Master: Wooh, now grasshopper! Before you can know the secret of wine you must develop your palate.
Student: But master, palate? What is this palate you speak of?
Master: It is the key to unlocking the secret wine.
Student: Well how do you develop this palate?
Master: Grasshopper, one must taste, or savour wine.
Student: How do you learn how to taste wines?
Master: By tasting wines.
Student: I am confused master.
Master: I know, don´t worry it will all become clear soon.
Wine tasting is way more accessible than absorbing a mystic process from a sage master. Not that this is a bad way to learn, hours and hours at the knee of a patient and learned wine expert is a great privilege, one I have yet to be lucky enough to have, but am open to. Luckily for us inquisitive types, we just happen to be blessed with growing group of wine experts dedicated to cutting through the obtuse wine jargon and offering clear steps to help us unlock the mystery of wine.
I like to think of these tastings steps like NKOTB´s instructive love song, “Step By Step” which establishes a clear, methodical way to win a girls heart. This song should not to be confused with the also awesome “Every Little Step” which talks about the magical way in which two souls from different sides of the tracks are magically brought together by love. While each song stems from the same era and both are made possible by legendary Boston boy bands.
Bobby Brown, were it not for the tremendous success of New Edition, would not be the Bobby Brown hearthrob of the late 80s and early 90s and NKOTB, I say no more.
Now back to the steps. There are four to steps on the road to tasting success. Wine Folly´s Madeline Puckette lays them out brillantly here, These steps are true blue, they will not fail you, follow them and you will be on the path to wine nirvana, or at least, guaranteed to build your palate step by step thus honing your taste skills.
Be not afraid grasshopper!