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Why is it so hard to describe the taste of a wine?

When it comes to great wine, maybe we just don't need descriptions

By Barry Smith   February 2016

Wine Glasses at The Vines of Mendoza resort in Argentina. ©longhorndave

Why is it so difficult to describe the taste of a wine? You are in no doubt that you are experiencing the wine you are tasting. So why do its aromas and flavours elude your attempt to capture them in words?

Partly, because a lot happens during tasting. The experience is fleeting, making it hard to concentrate on; though we are usually left with a…

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