When I first moved in with Rod I made the move from Sydney to where he lived in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. The first things I noticed was that it didn't have a 24 hour supermarket or a chemist open on a Saturday afternoon (let alone a Sunday!) or an eatery that sold turkish bread... etc. I was in the country now. Surrounded by coal mines and farms.
Rod and I believe in supporting local industry.
A very good friend of ours, Andrew (who Tom used to call 'The Farmer') was studying to be a wine maker and was working at a winery. What sort of friends were we if we didn't help him with his study? Assist with some useful tasting notes? 'Yes, I CAN taste the melon in that!', 'YES, CHERRY, I was just about to say that!', ' GOOSEBERRY IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING!'
Taste, of course, is very subjective where everyone has a different reaction to the same thing. It also is influenced by our other senses, the atmosphere of where we are tasting and the people we are tasting with.
I heard (read?) somewhere that even experienced wine tasters make basic mistakes in identifying wines when tasting blind folded. We decided to give this a try with friends of ours, Fiona and Adam. I was the pourer and kids minder and helped hands to glasses and glasses to mouths. They all know their wine... and yet two out of three blindfolded tasters questioned the COLOUR of the wine they were tasting... 'Ummmm, I'm going to say it's white... ummmm or maybe it's red?....' It was really amazing. Fiona found it quite liberating to sit blindfolded in her home without keeping an eye on her kids, that was my job, managing four preschool children and three blind adults (as in blindFOLDED).
Just recently I read that taste can be influenced by the music we are hearing, here.
They recommend the following....
Cabernet Sauvignon: All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix, Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones, Live And Let Die by Paul McCartney, and Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who.
Chardonnay: Atomic by Blondie, Rock DJ by Robbie Williams, What's Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner, and Spinning Around by Kylie Minogue.
Shiraz: Puccini's Nessun Dorma as sung by Luciano Pavarotti, Orinoco Flow by Enya, Chariots Of Fire By Vangelis, and Canon by Johann Pachelbel.
Merlot: Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding, Easy by Lionel Ritchie, Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, and Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez.