Day 400

Chronologically, 2/3 of the way to the finish line.

Next week marks the midway point of the first semester, so teachers have started to roll out the mid-term exams, starting with Business Ethics this morning.

Wine

More sampling! From L to R: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, Beaujolais, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon.

In Sensory Evaluation we had an introduction to wine: terroir (where and why a grape is grown and what effect it has on the wine), the French appellation system of naming wines by the region from which they come, since adapted by Canadian brewers, and then of course, a introductory sniff and taste of six wines. (Yes, I was spitting again this week.)

My new factoid for the day was that “aroma” and “bouquet” are two different things. Aroma refers to the up-front primary smells provided by the grapes. Bouquet is the combination of secondary and tertiary smells provided by the method of preparation–oak-aging, for instance–and terroir.

Alas, wine is no beer, but the subtle differences from wine to wine are interesting, if somewhat limited in scope.

But no time to waste contemplating differences ebtween wine and beer. I’ve got an on-line test due this Friday, two mid-terms next week and a major class presentation to prepare. No time to even have a beer.

Okay, I’m lying about the last part.

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