Fast Cars and Fine Wines
Everybody enjoys wine in different ways. Some have it as a simple pleasure, others see it as a party libation, some only have it with a meal, but there are a few who really like to think about their drink. If you have ever bumped into someone from the latter category, especially whilst they are attempting to describe their drinking experience, you won’t forget it quickly.
Often caught up in a flurry of sniffing and sipping, you’ll likely overhear some so-called ‘wine speak’. Strange words like texture, minerality, body, weight, crisp and grip (amongst countless others) all offered up in a vain attempt to translate their abstract experience into practical language form. As with most interests, the ability to appreciate differences in quality comes with experience. Yet the challenge of communicating this appreciation remains. No matter how well you know your wine, describing it to someone else is a difficult thing to do. A common strategy used when this communication fails is that of analogy.
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