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The Subjective/ Objective & Wine

Savour Wine

Let’s paint the scene-

You’re sitting with a glass of wine in your hand. You and your company are sniffing and tasting to everyone’s delight, while mulling over the adjectives regarding that vino in your glass. Then suddenly, one of your cohorts says something to the effect of “This smells like *insert bullshit adjective here*….”

Silence envelopes the room. Someone always questions to make sure the nonsense they heard was true. Tempers rage, chaos ensues, perceptions of friends and loved ones changed forever.

But what if, perhaps, said person may not be wrong. I am in no way trying to say that the asshat that says “Smells like grapes” or “It’s fruity” shouldn’t be sitting at the kid’s table with a coloring book. What I AM getting at, is that wine can be subjective…. and objective.

Examples being-

I can objectively say champagne has bubbles in it.

I can subjectively say that Piper Heidsieck red label smells like a french bakery every goddamn time I drink it, and I love it. But what if you have never been to a french bakery, or even France….. or even a bakery. How the hell would you be able to agree or disagree with me? If you have never smelled or tasted gooseberries, then you smell it (almost) every time you open a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Again though, if you have never had a gooseberry, then, well truthfully you’re missing out but more importantly you cannot have the same experience as another.

We all have different memories of smells and tastes and the world around us and at end of the day, your olfactory organs in your nose are picking up chemical compounds present in the wine and interpreting them into smells you have experienced based on memory.

I guess what I am trying to say is we need to stop wine shaming people. #drinkwhatyouwant

xoxo Jon