Sunday, July 7, 2013

"Consumer Wine Quality" Judge Training Sessions 101 (2013)

"Consumer Wine Quality" Judge Training 101
Session #1 (June 26, 2013)

Location: Bob Bowles Community Center in Barnardsville, N.C.
Date: June 26, 2013
Time: 7 PM

The French Broad Vignerons (FBV) hosts "Consumer Wine Quality" Judge Training 101 Sessions for members and anyone interested in learning more about wine sensory evaluation that will enhance their sensory skills and enjoyment of red, white and sweet wines.

1- Bob Bowles
2- Bill Fish
3- Jamie Fish
4- Tom Mincarelli
5- Chuck Blethen
6- Judy Fland
7- Pete Fland
8- Heather Staton
9- George Battaglia

1- David Murphy
2- Sunny Ruble

The FBV conducted another "Consumer Wine Quality" Judge Training 101 Session on June 26, 2013 at Bob Bowles Community Center in Barnardsville, N.C.

Thank you Bob for hosting the training session at your community center!

FBV Members and Guests attended the training session.

Chuck Blethen from Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard and the Vice President of Communications for the French Broad Vignerons is the head trainer.

The nationally approved UC Davis Wine Evaluation Card  and two Flavor &  Aroma training tools are used to train wine tasters.

Details of a wines color, aroma and taste are explained with many examples.

Chuck stated that ~10% of olfactory nerve senses in the nose are active when smelling for  internal protection.
Three sniffs of a wine glass properly filled are needed to properly open the olfactory nerves and sense wine aromas to the fullest.

Acid and Tannin tastes have a different effect on the tongue. Acid causes saliva to be secreted and tannin is astringent and can stick to the tongue, teeth, and lips.
A balance of acid and tannin is a sign of a well balanced quality wine.

A wines "Finish" length is how long the taste lingers.  A wine may have a "short finish" of 1-3 seconds to  a "long finish" for many seconds up to one minute is possible.

Even bad, spoiled or oxidized wines are demonstrated!

On August 24, 2012 the FBV used it's trained consumer wine quality judges to evaluate and "Judge" home winemaker wines at the Asheville Wine and Food Competition Festival.
The FBV trained judges have been invited for 2013 and are scheduled to evaluate and  "Judge" homemade wines again.
Asheville Wine and Food Festival link

For more information on how to attend a free "Consumer Wine Quality" Judge Training 101 Sessions or the French Broad Vignerons contact Chuck Blethen @ Chuck's email link

The training sessions are free to the public!
(Photo © Tom Mincarelli 2013)
Chuck Blethen instructs the "Consumer Wine Quality" Judge Training 101 Session Panel.

Cheers soon! Tom Mincarelli

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