Wine Word of the Week: Blind Tasting

By Kori ~ October 8th, 2009.

Wine Word of the WeekThis week’s Wine Word of the Week is blind tasting.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
A blind tasting is one whose purpose is that the taster assesses and possibly identifies unknown wines as closely as possible.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
A blind tasting means that the bottles are covered by sacks or wine bags so that the labels cannot be seen. Typically, a number of wines of a single type (i.e., Washington Syrah) are tasted and compared, and then their identities are revealed. In a single-blind tasting, the varietal is known but not the individual wines. In a double-blind tasting, neither the varietal nor the individual wines is known.

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