I have been a musician ever since I began taking piano lessons at age three-and-a-half. I've spent time making my living from music (among other things), and have been struck at how many musicians I have run into in the wine trade. I've speculated a number of times why this might be. The uncertain, fleeting nature of the experience, the role of improvistion and on-the-spot interpretation, must both be part of the reason. Speaking to people about wine feels somehow familiar to a musician, as if it is a kindred act of performance, perhaps?
So when I started reading Michael Broadbent's book entitled "Wine Tasting", this passage especially caught my eye:
"Tasting is subjective, and the language needed for describing wine smells and flavours is still singularly ill-defined and anything but universally accepted. What perhaps is needed is something approaching musical notation, for in many ways the problems are similar. Both music and wine appeal to the senses; both are fleeting, in the sense that actual sounds and flavours cannot be retained by the receptive ear or palate; both, on the other hand, can be appreciated, even greatly loved, by those who lack technical knowledge or who are without a deep interest. But to reach the heights of full understanding and to convey this to others, rather more is required."
The more you know about wine, the more you will enjoy it. And like Michael Broadbent says, you don't really HAVE to work that hard at it either. It's entirely up to you.
Thanks for indulging me by reading this little "musing"...
-- Marc Soucy, FWS