After four flights of sparkling wines, my palate was cooked…13 sparkling wines later, I was getting better and better as the night went one, despite my aching palate. Tips and tricks from good friends led me to successfully taste, describe, and get the correct wine in two out of the three on the last flight. So, I guess my palate wasn’t doing too badly then! With Cremants and Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Asti, New World Sparklers, Franciocortas…it was a daunting evening to start, with some challenges with the bubbles in the glass, and to be honest, there were some that completely eluded me. I had no clue. But that’s ok. Because the more you taste, the better you get and the MORE you get right tasting blind wine after blind wine!
But when it’s all said and done, the palate is fatigued, I have a headache (moreso from caffeine withdrawal I would think, as I’m cutting back) and I JUST can’t do it anymore, you unwind (or maybe because my brain is just spinning by this point?) by making little bistro chairs out of the cages, and little dudes with fezzes out of the foils and corks!
And he will stay on my desk as a reminder of how hard I’ve worked to get to this point. In 15 days, I’ll know for sure just how well I’ve done. Until then, here are some pictures of the night it was! Next week….Fortifieds! Cheers!
Thanks for you to sharing with us about the palate fatigue. I totally agree with it. I have tried 10 wines before, and later, I cannot tell which wine it is. And I found that take a several bites of dry crackers are effective to cleanse the palate. And hope you can post more wine tasting experiences in the blog. Thank you!
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It was a fun night, though I was happier being the moderator than doing the blind tasting! You did very well Joy of Wine, as I purposely tried to make some of those flights tough to discern or so wildly different that you would be challenged. Cheers, see you next Monday. j59