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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

Wine Review Writing

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Apr 16, 2008.

To be honest, when I started a year ago I couldn't say much more about a wine than "Wow, delicious!" or something as uninteresting as that. I still don't have as good a nose and writing style as Luca Turin (, for example. I'm no Parker, either -- I'm just a regular wine drinkin' dude. Still, I think it's getting easier to produce a review that someone might find useful when they're trying to decide what to drink.

So, this post is really an encouragement to users to write reviews. Actually, don't start there. Read some first, and get a feel for what's important. Use your senses... Sight, smell and taste are all important. In fact, you'll appreciate everything you eat and drink even more once you train up those senses. Ask more of them!

Finally, remember -- if you like a wine, you're helping out a farmer by writing down what you liked about it. Even stories about what you ate while drinking the wine, where you were, or what you were doing are helpful and fun to read!

Anyone else have tips for people starting out here?


Reply by VRider, Apr 16, 2008.

The biggest problem for me is to go beyond "sweet, acidic, I like it, I don't like it".
Even if I sense some particular line in taste or smell, I rarely have the right word for it. :-)

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