Can you tell the difference between red and white wine?

My grandpa always tells a story about wine that blows people away. I’m going to try to retell it here. It won’t be as good as when he tells it, but you probably haven’t heard it from him so you won’t know. If you have heard it, you can stop reading here.

Elena and Grandpa

Grandpa and me in Paris

Grandpa was at a dinner party years ago with a group of friends or colleagues or something. Most of the people there considered themselves knowledgable about wine. The host decided to do a little test. He blindfolded everyone and handed them a glass of wine. Every glass was the same size and each drink was room temperature. He asked the guests to determine if the glass they were drinking was red wine or white wine. Everyone laughed. How obvious. No one could possibly get that wrong, even without the tells of glass size and wine temperature. But they were wrong, oh how wrong! I forget how many exactly, but a huge portion of the party couldn’t tell if their wine was red or white. It should be noted that this was really high-quality wine so the differences are more subtle, but still, isn’t that incredible?

Stay tuned for my own version of this experiment!

In the meantime, here’s a picture of Tala trying to determine if this Chateau St. Michelle Pinot Grigio has floral or fruity notes.

Tala and Wine

Tala says “floral” but she prefers “rodent”




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