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Posted by SillyValley, Nov 26, 2008.

Hey gang,

I'm new to the forums, not so new to Snooth. Just wanted to say hi and to thank everyone who has written posts that I've read while forum-lurking. About me: I'm not new to wine but I haven't got all the vocabulary down and sometimes I taste things that I don't know how to identify - is that berry I taste a currant? a raspberry? I'm working on that, though. One bottle at a time.


Reply by John Andrews, Nov 26, 2008.

Let me be the first to welcome you to Snooth! Lots of very helpful people here. :-)

Don't worry about the vocabulary, it will come, but as I tell people when I work in the tasting room the only thing you really need to know is whether you like what you are tasting or not.

Then, if you do like it thing big descriptions: fruit, wood, earth. From there work smaller ... red fruit, black fruit ... eventually you'll be able to figure out.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 26, 2008.

Hi Silly!!

Welcome to the forums. Let me be the second!!

It sounds like you're on your way with the vocabularly. Just take it easy and use the descriptors that flow naturally. We all get different things out of each wines so take comfort in the knowledge that you are never wrong in what you taste in a wine.

I hope to see you around here bouncing ideas off of us!

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

Reply by Philip James, Nov 26, 2008.

Hi there - welcome to the site! Happy thanksgiving too

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Nov 26, 2008.

Welcome, welcome. I'm in the same position -- been thinking of trying one of those kits where you can smell all of the different bottles of the wine scents. Not sure if it helps, but I bet it would be fun... "One bottle at a time" works too, of course!

Reply by deconut, Nov 26, 2008.

Hey All - I too am a Newbie - this seems like a wonderful site - I know some things and have a taste for fine wines and have begun purchasing for minor collecting, if I can stop myself from having tastings with friends! I really just got serious in the past year or two. Looking forward to learning lots from all who seem to be very knowledgeable. I also have hooked up with a couple of great "wine guys" (merchants) in my area and they are both extremely knowledgeable as well. Are there groups of you in different areas who get together for tastings, etc. I live right over the George Washington Bridge and would love to know if there are any happenings in my area - thanks. Looking forward to "talking" some you! Toni (deconut is my nickname - I collect Art Deco and now Wine - ouch, expensive hobbies!!)

Reply by oceank8, Nov 27, 2008.

Toni and Silly - welcome!

I too have been experimenting more with scents. I think the aroma kits help but they are expensive! At my last wine tasting I bought a cheap bottle of red wine, poured it into glasses, and added things to it (strawberries in one, chocolate in another, etc.) Let them sit for about an hour, ran them through a sifter to get the chunks out, and then we all guessed at the added aroma. It would be great to do that with a bunch of different berries and see if you could tell which was which!

Reply by Philip James, Nov 27, 2008.

Toni - Greg hosts a lot of Snooth events in the city (blind tastings, dinners, in store events etc) - you can see whats coming up by going to the events tab of the forums, or just messaging him via the site.

Ocean - thats a pretty fun suggestion. The only thing ive ever seen thats remotely similar is at the Robert Mondavi Winery - if you try their high end Tokalon Cabernet, they have a few pots of items that reflect the scents that you should be detecting: coffee beans, some oak, vanilla pods and so on. Its pretty fun

Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 30, 2008.

Welcome aboard. I think you'll find the highest level of down to earth people on this wine forum than you will any others. There's also some extremely knowledgeable people here and everyone's happy to answer questions. So welcome. Looking forward to hear your two cents.

Reply by VinoVixenATL, Dec 1, 2008.

Welcome Silly! I am a wine consultant/sommelier in Atlanta. Was drinking wine with a friend recently who tends to denigrate her palate; she thinks she doesn't know what she's tasting! so I had her close her eyes, taste different fruits like apple, pear, lemon, pomegranate, and try to identify them blindly first. Then had her taste several different varietals like Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, and try to discern which fruits they most emulated. It seemed to make it easier for her, she realized she really DOES "get it"; perhaps that'll work for you!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 1, 2008.

Hi Vinovixen and welcome to Snooth.

What a great idea, blind tasting fruit to help your friend. A great confidence building tool and a way to begin tasting out of context. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing you share your insights here on the Snooth forums!

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