16 Mar Sharpen your senses: a blind wine tasting in the middle of nature
What sense predominates when assessing a wine? Taste or smell? Are we sure that we are not too dependent on what we are seeing? Do we let ourselves be influenced by preconceived ideas about what we should like and what we shouldn’t?
Fun in a magical environment
Among wine professionals, a blind tasting is “a reality bite, in which maximum objectivity is achieved and a brutal exercise in sincerity is made,” explains Viles. But in the case of the non-specialized public, the sommelier explains that “it would be silly to have the public with their eyes closed while I do a monologue and explain what they are tasting, what I want is for them to participate, to give their opinion. In a normal tasting that is difficult, but with the mask on, people lose inhibitions and participate a lot. It’s more fun.”
Xavi Viles is an atypical wine professional and says that he enjoys “being associated with different activities because I am not a jacket and tie sommelier. Being in front of a very varied public, I try to make it easy, fun and use everyday language”.
First blind wine tasting
Last Saturday, March 12th, BODEVI kicked off this new activity at Mirador de Cases, an enchanting restaurant in the middle of Collserola. After the tasting, the restaurant offered a menu of Mediterranean food fused with international dishes.
Attendees enjoyed four wines from the BODEVI wine cellar:
Paired with the following cheeses selected by Xavier Viles: