Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Wines I don't ever want to taste

Quick! What do the following descriptors have in common?

Hay/Straw
Diesel
Garlic
Rubber
Burnt Match
Horsey
Mousey
Fishy
Wet Dog

I want to say that last one again:
Wet Dog

Apparently they can all be applied to wine. Clearly my palate has a long way to go.

They're all featured on this "Wine Aroma Wheel" Mark brought home. There are all the normal wine adjectives you've probably seen on labels--say, jammy, berry, spicy, oaky, citrus, for instance--and then there are the disconcerting ones you see above. Granted, most of the gross ones mean there's cork taint or some other thing wrong with the wine, but still. Good lord, wet dog? Not even Two-Buck Chuck tastes like wet dog.

4 Comments:

Blogger s'kat said...

You've forgotten cat piss. That's one you'll certainly never forget!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

How about "dryer linty"? "Fingernail cippingsy"? "Windexy"? Or simply "grapey"?

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Tart said...

The question is--how exactly do they know what wet dog actually tastes like? Who tasted the dog to say "yup, that's what this wine is like"?

5:17 PM  
Blogger tara said...

I think I've tasted some wines that are "Windexy."

2:08 AM  

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