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Book review: True Taste

Matt Kramer has been writing about wine and wine since 1976. He loves wine, and writes about it as a philosopher digging into every little detail about growing grapes, harvesting, making wine, aging, blending, and bottling.

In this book, he deals with wine tasting, and words that are most meaningful when describing a wine.
Using words that fail to give an idea about the wine serves no purpose. In this world, every word should provide useful information for the consumer contemplating to buy a bottle.
In this oeuvre he distils the long list of vocabulary to those seven.

Most important starting with: the myths   of modern wine tasting, insight, harmony, texture, layers, finesse, and nuance. The narrative concludes with a chapter on cheese and endnotes.

More than just an explanation of language, True Taste examines the values that involve judgement, and “markers” that help ordinary consumers and connoisseurs recognize what differentiates one wine from another.

His selection of philosophies of well educated people, writers, and philosophers shows clearly how he thinks and approaches wines.

Just one example:
“It’s not enough to simply taste a lot of wines. I’ve met many people who have tasted thousands of wines. And God knows they have opinions. But too often they have little to say. Instead, they mostly offer reactions. It was good, it was bad. They imagine this to be thought. But it’s more akin to data processing”.

Matt Kramer writes also about pairing cheese and wine, and states the old saying of famous Parisian merchant Pierre Androuet, “red wine is the ideal pairing with cheese” is no longer valid. White wine characteristics changed in the last 50 years enough to make many worth pairing with cheese. There is also no doubt that cheese flavours, and textures have changed.

His insights into wine making, styles of wine, and enjoyment of wine are deep and valuable to all who enjoy fiend wines.

Highly recommended.

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