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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

The School of Snooth

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Aug 15, 2007.

Part of Snooth's goal is to make wine accessible to those folks like myself who enjoy wine but don't know much about it and don't know where to start. If you'll look at my historical reviews (and I'm somewhat embarrassed to invite this, but I'll treat it as an academic exercise) at the beginning you'll see that I used sparse language. I'd describe a wine as delicious. Eventually I learned to assert that it had a long or short finish by reading the reviews of others. Even my unsophisticated pallet could tell whether the taste tended to stick around or not.

Now I'm trying to get more creative. I'm noticing the varietals that please me more often, and having that historical data about my tastes has been extremely helpful. In fact, I've noticed that I don't usually need to review my tasting notes. The act of committing them to writing is helping me to build my knowledge of wine slowly. Although I'm still very far from wine critic status, trying to put my tastes into words is a challenging, and ultimately rewarding process.

Snooth's search engine is doubly helpful for me as I continue to refine my tastes. I now know that I tend to enjoy Zinfandel. I know that I like wines that are crisp, especially right now in August when it is hot. I can very quickly find any zinfandels that are also crisp . There are very few -- 18 at the time of this writing. Comparing that result to the thousands of Zinfandel wines out there, it follows that crisp is not a very common characteristic of Zinfandel. Interesting -- now I know that. (If you haven't tasted any zin recently, grab a bottle -- maybe wait for October and stick to summer whites or pinks for now -- and this result probably won't surprise you.)

I hope my tastes in wine will continue to improve as we add features and improve our data. Until then, it's proving a lot of fun to learn!

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Blog comment by jan, Aug 15, 2007.

Well, I certainly agree that the act of putting something into writing helps to clarify one's thinking, if not one's pallet. I am intrigued by the concept of "crisp" in a Zinfandel...now I need to find a Chardonnay that is crisp...is there such a thing? Hmm...better search snooth.

A baby wine-drinker, but always learning...

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 15, 2007.

Ah! I do believe you'll have more luck with crisp Chardonnays than I did with crisp Zinfandel.

Good luck, and cheers!

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Reply by amour, Jan 15, 2010.

Why did I dig this up?

Because I honestly feel that newcomers will benefit.

Newcomers to SNOOTH, as well as NEWCOMERS to WINE.

Cheers!


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