table WINE blog #2 August 26 2014
I know what you're thinking. "Tasting wine for the shop must be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. What's not to love about drinking all day?" And you would be correct on a Sunday Funday, but to tell the truth tasting all day is pretty tiring. After a recent day of appointments, with various reps who all brought 12-24 wines at a time, Katie heard me utter the words "I really don't feel like drinking tonight."
Let me break it down for you:
The rep shows up at 10 am. Usually they pour you their samples in order from sparkling/white to red. You take a little sip, swish it around in your mouth. You know, do what wine snobs do, and horror of all horrors, SPIT. Ok, emphasis added by me. I'm not really into the spitting of wine and before this point all I could picture myself doing was dribbling it down my chin in front of "the professionals".
After each pour and taste Katie would asses the wine. An exciting array of swishes and slurps could be heard. I'm not so good at this part of the tasting. I chalk it up to the fact that my tasting and smelling senses are just not as heightened as hers. She's been doing this for almost 9 years while I have just been reaping the benefits from what she brings home and the great restaurants we go to. Her hand would hurriedly scribble down the descriptors her mind was coming up with.
Now imagine doing this for each wine in the line up, with a new rep popping in every half hour to every hour. You aren't getting drunk because you're spitting and dumping, but the physical and mental process that goes into it is enough to wear you out. Now I understand why that one great bottle of wine at dinner is so much more enjoyable. You truly get to savor what you're drinking. You get to enjoy it.
It's been educational and I have enjoyed being part of the process, but I'm glad I have Katie to make the final decisions of what is going into the shop. Her knack for knowing exactly what someone will want in a wine is uncanny. I've seen her do it time and time again for friends and family.
I'd rather just sit back, sip my bubbles and watch her make the perfect match between wine and customer. That doesn't mean I've given up on learning more it just means I know where my true talent lies. ;)