Wine experts including Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Andrew Caillard, Anthony Rose, and Joe Ward offer advice on assessing and writing about wine.
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[MUSIC] Always look at a glass of wine as a
new discovery, even if it's something you're familiar with. Generally
you look at the wine critic genre around the world.
It's a broad church of people with all sorts of
different interests and different experiences. I think you need a
critical mind. And tough skin, and a bit of luck.
I think the greatest challenge though for a wine critic
is to recognize that there are different styles, different characters,
and different facets that may or may not appeal to
them that may to the masses. One of the things
about wine is that in changes in the glass and
it can change quite dramatically in the glass from when
it's poured to when you actually taste it and then
if you leave it in the glass for another 15
minutes, it changes again. To taste wine too quickly is
the enemy of fine wine. The single biggest piece of
advice you can give somebody when tasting a wine is.
Concentrate on the smelling of it. The nose. If you
manage to get people to smell that wine longer and
better, you can increase their ability to taste In a
matter of seconds. Technical wine critics tend to look at
a wine and think what is wrong with this. Where
as I've always liked to look at wine in terms
of what is right with the wine. You have to
be passionate obviously to be a wine writer, but at
the same time you mustn't be evangelical. [UNKNOWN] I don't
think there is anything about it, that is a secret
or a trick. If your willing to do all that,
what you have to do is find somebody to hire
you to write about wine. [MUSIC]