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How much does taste really matter in wine tasting

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How much does taste really matter in wine tasting? Many of us would know that the basic essence of wine tasting would be the taste of the wine. From the idea of empiricism, we learnt that our knowledge is gained from our senses. From our senses, we have experiences, which we use to form concepts. We gain knowledge of wine based on how they taste and smell. However, nowadays many people include many other different elements such as the nose, body and legs of the wine, and others, which makes wine tasting different thing altogether. This leads to questions such as "Does our brain play a role in wine tasting?" and "Does taste really matter in wine tasting?" ...read more.


This is because the wine experts preferred the Dom Perignon, while the novice wine drinkers preferred otherwise. The novices, had little contact with wine and little knowledge about wine tasting purely used their sense of taste to rate the wines. However, the wine experts who had training or professional experience with wine used not only taste but knowledge they have about wine to rate it. This follows the idea of empiricism, in this context, the novices are like when human beings are born, they have no knowledge, and use their senses to gain them. The experts who had knowledge about wine had different standards for wines, therefore we can also infer that the brain plays a role in wine tasting. ...read more.


The cost of wine plays a huge role in wine tasting too. Another research showed that novices without their knowledge of wine were given the prices of different wine and asked to taste them. The results were that they preferred the more expensive wines. It was inferred that the more expensive the particular wine is, the more people like it as they believe that it is supposed to be better since it is more expensive. This correlation also affects us on other consumer goods. This proves that in wine tasting, the cost of the wine is an important factor. The environment, company, and food are also factors affecting the taste of wine. An example will be if you are enjoying wine with your sweetie in a Tuscan village, it will never taste as good as back home. This shows that under different situations, wine tastes differently to us. ...read more.

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