Tim Hanni, one of the industry’s top experts and holder of the Master of Wine title, says that tasting notes comparing wine to berries or chocolate is useless in helping most consumers find a wine they enjoy. His system, the “Budometer,” instead uses factors like how many taste buds a person has and—how they like their coffee.
To see where you fall on the wine taste continuum, take the following quiz:
1. I prefer my coffee/tea black.
2. I like the taste of scotch.
3. I prefer salty snacks over sweet snacks.
4. I prefer semi-sweet dark chocolate to sweet milk chocolate.
5. Cream/sugar in coffee/tea ruins it! (agree means “yes”)
To score the test, add 2 points for every yes, 0 points for every no, and 1 point for every sometimes.
If your total score is
7 to 10, you are most likely a Tolerant Taster.
4 to 6, you are most likely a Sensitive Taster.
0 to 3 points, you are most probably a Hyper-Sensitive Taster.
THE TOLERANT TASTER (7-10) - prefers intensity and finds a ‘sweet’ taste in alcohol, rarely noticing the tannins and bitterness.
Preferences: Red zinfandel; big cabernets and syrahs.
May find smooth reds and light whites insipid, but but can learn to appreciate them.
You’ll enjoy: Binyamina Reserve Shiraz
THE SENSITIVE TASTER (4-6) - is sensitive to tannins, bitterness, and acid in wine.
Preferences: Starts out enjoying red and lighter whites, before moving up to the bigger more tannic reds or acidic whites.
You’ll enjoy: Ramon Cardova Rioja
THE HYPER-SENSITIVE TASTER (0–3) is highly sensitive to tannins, bitterness, and acid in wine and finds the alcohol taste to be harsh.
Preferences: Lighter wines such as pinot noir, chardonnay, and merlot; as well as sweet wines such as riesling or white zinfandel.
Can learn to enjoy big tannic reds over time.
You’ll enjoy: Bartenura Moscato
Take the quiz and let us know how it turned out?
Source: Gary Landsman in the May/June 2011 issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller.