Friday, February 15, 2008

Dirty socks. Barnyard. Wet dog. Burnt match. CAT PEE.

Wondering what could possibly be the question to these answers? You guessed it, “what is the aroma I’m getting from this wine?” And if the answer is any of the above, don’t sweat it, because they can be good things.

Wines exude all kinds of aromas and it’s not necessarily because the grapes were growing in a vineyard near a family of cats. The terroir of each vineyard gives each locale of grapes it’s own unique chemical composition—and that composition corresponds with a particular aroma. For example the chemical profile of real chocolate corresponds exactly with the chocolate flavor you will find in a wine.

So the next time you have a Cabernet Sauvignon and you’re concerned about how many calories you’ll get from it's chocolate nuance… have another glass.

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