Taste differences: who was right, me or the label? - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips

However tempting the wine label’s proclamation of ‘aromas of wild summer berries’ and ‘flavours of red fruits...with a refreshing finish’ my own senses found a smell reminiscent of rubbery elderberry and a smoky tart taste with a hint of chocolate – in fact the overwhelming impression of Tesco’s Sicilian Rosso (£4.25) was that it had been poured from the end of a very oxidised barrel. So who was right – me or the label?

It’s useful to remember that behind every label description is a set of taste buds – usually belonging to the supermarket buyer or wine maker – who have varying amounts of experience to match their varying qualifications - from Master of Wine (the highest internationally recognised wine-related qualification allowing the holders to put ‘MW’ after their names) through to, well none at all.

Because you don’t need a wine qualification to be able to taste wine but it does help if you’ve got knowledge – of wine and what a good one tastes like. And Tesco’s Sicilian Rosso wasn’t. Well that particular bottle anyway. Because it could have been a one-off where that particular bottle had been stored incorrectly (possibly at too high a temperature) or the contents of that particular batch had became oxidised as it went through the bottling machine.

Although a lot of waffle accompanies wine tasting the only thing that matters is do you actually like the wine. If the answer is no, you'll know not to buy that certain grape variety or wines from that specific region again. That’s what you tasted the wine to find out.

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