Today's Wise Words: Your Nose Knows

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"What's your least favorite flavor in a wine? Mine would have to be barnyard (aka poo) with cat piss as a distant second..."

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Anonymous said...


My husband, on the other hand, loves himself some poo...

cestbeth said...

I have a cat, so I understand what you're saying!

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! You mean, poo in his wine?!? :)

Me too! I wish the cat at least would give me a buzz once in a while!

What do you think... what's your least favorite smell in wine?

Natalie Kronick said...

I have a few... although, some have changed. I really don't like smelling oak to the point of feeling like you're in a lumber yard, and bananas on Chards make me think of baby food. Other than that, I actually like 'barnyardy'... lol - probably bc I am obsessed with horses. :)
Here's a post I wrote on a similar note a few months back... enjoy!

The Wine Whore said...

My tastes have changed quite about with time and new experiences too. I tasted a wine last week that smelled like a barnyard but actually tasted pretty good... especially after a few sips wore away that funky poop smell. Just goes to show, you can't judge a wine by the way it smells.

Have you ever had a wine that smelled bad but tasted great?


Anonymous said...

I know a few people who really LOOOOOVE barnyard...

The Wine Whore said...

Wait, you said people, right? Not sheep, or cows? :)


vinosseur said...


I have to admit that I like the barnyard and other similar aromas that many people are put off by! Many wines that are spontaneously fermented can have strange and volatile aromas.
I have to on the other hand say that perhaps my least favorite aromas are eucalyptus and oak.


The Wine Whore said...

Eucalyptus and oak seem to be really controversial smells/tastes in wine. I wonder why that is? For me, anything in excess gets a little annoying.... but sometimes I really like a lot of oak too!

What do you think is the weirdest combination of smells and tastes you've ever found in a wine?


vinosseur said...

I suppose to kind of answer your question Randy, the weirdest combo is the smell and taste being completely different from each other! That's a strange and disconnecting combo!

The Wine Whore said...

I've had it happen many times where I take a sniff and then taste something completely different. I am excited when it tastes BETTER than it smells, but disappointed when it tastes WORSE than it smells! :)

Would you say that taste is still more important than smell?

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