Wine: From darkness into light

Blind tastings have yielded some controversial results, yet they represent an excellent opportunity to savour unexpected vintages, writes Tomás Clancy.

11th May, 2013
Lenz Moser: the Austrian winemaker recently invited Irish wine critics to a blind tasting of mostly Grüner Veltliner wines. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan/Getty

There is a peculiar aspect of wine that does not exist in many other areas of critical evaluation.

It is the concept of blind tasting. This is where you are poured an unknown wine and you make notes on your primary sense evaluation.

I like blind tasting, and I tend to use it to get a sense of a wine's price, absent of the indicators of value. But it is tricky to do on your...

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