What to Drink Now

Episode V: Aromatic whites


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What to Drink Now Another step in our plan to map your palate, you ask? Why, yes it is and this is one of the most divisive groups of wine in this series, primarily because we’re not really talking about your palate; we’re really talking about your nose!

As you might know, we “taste” mostly with our nose, the tongue only being capable of sensing relative intensities of salty, sour, sweet, bitter and umami. All those great flavors you taste are really an array of aromas laid over the structural grid of the five basic flavors.

The reason this group of aromatic whites is divisive comes down to personal preferences. Some people like the intensity of these wines, others find them overwhelming. The truth, of course, is that the intensity of aromatic whites varies greatly, but they all tend to be particularly perfumed which might be just what you’re looking for!

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