Homesick Texan jamie goode's wine blog Should wine critics allow personal stylistic preferences affect their judgments on wine? I recently had a discussion on twitter with a respected US wine critic from a major publication, who kept emphasizing that personal stylistic preferences had no place in his ratings. He was quite insistent. It’s a question I haven’t really considered before. Thus you have created the myth of an individual critic as a global arbiter of style. Admirable as this sentiment is, I don’t think this can work in practice. Why? Balance is important in wine, and it’s a style call. Look at the tastings carried out by The World of Fine Wine. Look at spoofulated wines (here I am exposing my style preferences). The sorts of critics who score these monster, childish wines very highly often say that they are not judging style. I believe you have to be open-minded, and recognize well made wines in a variety of styles. You can’t go so far as to hate entire genres of wines if you want to be a useful critic.
Vinography: A Wine Blog Wine-Tasting Party Tips at Epicurious W hile you might think of wine tastings as things that take place at four-star restaurants and fancy wine shops, there are many compelling reasons to host a tasting in the comfort of your own home. With just a little planning and shopping, a wine tasting can be fun, easy, and affordable. For advice on hosting an at-home wine tasting we spoke to Dina Cheney, a professional tasting host and author of Tasting Club. Cheney explains that compared to a cocktail or dinner party, a tasting requires significantly less planning, prep, shopping, or cleanup, leaving you more time to enjoy your friends—and the wine. Plus, with so many bargain bottles on the market, a wine tasting can be surprisingly wallet-friendly. Cheney's at-home wine-tasting plan covers everything: scheduling the event, choosing a theme, shopping for bottles, and leading the tasting. Photos by Charles Schiller Dina Cheney is a freelance writer, recipe developer, culinary consultant, and tasting host. See more in Entertaining:
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