Tip #64 – how to judge wine fairly
How do you judge a wine fairly, without ifs and buts? – you may have asked yourself more than once. Today you will learn the BLIK formula to judge wine fairly.
Become a Degu professional now. Apply the BLIK-formula and judge wines blind. This approach was developed by the WSET, Wine Spirit Education Trust, Launched in 1969, today represented in 72 countries and 17 languages.
There are 5 levels of Wine Spirit Education Trust: From Beginner – that would be Level 1 – to Master of Wine.
Of course, all the wines will be tasted blind and with the BLIK Method goes a touch deeper than just: do I like this wine? The next question would be why?
«B» from balance:
We deal with the quality of acidity, tannin, sweetness, body and alcohol on the palate.
- How do we feel this on the palate?
- Is the acid aggressive or pleasant?
- Are there green tannins or are they pleasant and fine-meshed?
- Is the sweetness-acidity game right?
- Is the body light or strong?
- Is the alcohol pleasant or burning?
- Are the points mentioned above coherent and pleasant?
«L» from length:
Is the wine gone immediately after swallowing or spitting it out, or how long does it stay?
«I» in the intensity:
Ask yourself how intense the aromas are in the wine. Do I recognise individual ones or are there many of them?
«K» and the complexity:
We distinguish between low, medium and high complexity aromas
Award 0 or 1 point per category and add up the total.
4 Excellent I 3 Very good I 2 good I 1 Weak
So, now you are ready for the next tasting. It’s best to start directly with a wine at home so that you can practise. Will you become the next Master of Wine? The more you practise, the faster you move up to the next level.
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