Great love. Great wine. Love Wine. Love Great Wine. Interestingly enough, no matter which order you put these three words in, it creates a warm feeling in my heart. Like many wine lovers, I have always known my love for wine. And, throughout the process of writing the Tasting 101 series, I have found that there are inherent similarities between love and wine. The fundamental components that make a great love are similar to key components of a great wine.
Before we dive into the process of tasting wine, it is important to note what characteristics to look for as a taster. Much like knowing what you want when you are looking for love, it is important to know what components to look for in a glass of wine. In the wine world, these components are referred to as: integration, expressiveness, complexity and connectedness.
While we examine these four ideal components, it is hard not to notice how they can be applied to relationships and love. The integration of a wine describes how well the basic components of wine (acid, tannin, alcohol, etc.) are balanced. A well-integrated wine does not have one sole characteristic that stands out on its own; the components should ‘coexist in a perfect tension of opposites that is reflected in a smooth, multifaceted wine.’ Now, I don’t know about you, but this would sound amazing in a relationship. Who doesn’t want a well-balanced person to exist in a perfect tension of opposites with? Next, the expressiveness of a wine refers to how clearly projected the aromas and tastes are. When applying that definition to a love interest, it’s easy to relate it to how a person is sexy when they are clearly confident and exude a set of qualities that you are attracted to. The ideal set of qualities will obviously vary from person to person but nonetheless the qualities are undoubtedly projected.
The next idea of a complex wine can easily be applied to love. The complexity in a wine refers to how the wine pulls you in for a second taste, introducing new elements- flavors, aromas, nuances- that you may have not experienced in the first taste. It is a compilation of multiple factors that come together to create intrigue. In love, you want a depth to a person that pulls you in for a second look, introducing new qualities about themselves that you didn’t notice at first glance. A complex or multifaceted love is a made up of a number of factors coming together to create intrigue. The final component to look for in a great wine is connectedness. The connectedness of a wine refers to how the wine represents the land in which it came from. I believe that love is defined in itself by a connectedness to another person. This bond represents where you come from, where they come from and where the two of you are going together.
In life, the connectedness is sometimes the hardest component of love to find. In wine, sometimes this is the hardest component to understand. If this sounds complicated to you, don’t worry. Connectedness is a component in wine tasting that I am still working on. It comes from years of trying wines from different areas and being able to identify what wine from a specific region should taste like. To further examine the connectedness of wine visit our article Connected to Earth which will be out next week
If you happen to miss the first part to Wine Tasting 101- Drinking vs Tasting, make sure to check it out to help understand the mindset and preparation that goes into wine tasting. In the next portion of Wine Tasting 101, we will start at the beginning of a wine tasting experience. We will explore the technique of assessing a wine by sight, helping you identify color, clarity, intensity, and what these factors tell you about the wine. Until next time…. Cheers!