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Why You Should Not Ask Me What My Favorite Wines Are

In the world of wine, it's common for people to ask about each other's favorite wines. However, there are several reasons why asking me, or anyone else, about their favorite wines may not be the most helpful or informative question.


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In this blog post, we will explore three important factors to consider when it comes to personal taste, wine selection criteria, and individual priorities.


 

1. Personal Taste is Highly Subjective


It's crucial to understand that everyone has a unique and independent palate. When it comes to wine, personal taste is a deeply subjective experience. What I enjoy in a wine may not necessarily align with your preferences.


Taste is a deeply personal experience, influenced by factors such as genetics, upbringing, and individual sensory perception. So, while I may have my own favorite wines, they may not taste the same for you. It's essential to embrace the diversity of taste and appreciate that each person's palate is distinct.


Our upbringing and cultural background can shape our preferences. For example, someone who grew up in a region known for producing bold red wines may have a preference for those styles. Furthermore, individual sensory perception, such as the ability to detect subtle nuances in aromas and flavors, can vary greatly from person to person.


These factors contribute to the uniqueness of our palates and explain why what I enjoy in a wine may not necessarily align with your preferences.



Erfahren Sie, warum es nicht immer sinnvoll ist, nach Lieblingsweinen zu fragen. Entdecken Sie die Vielfalt des Weins und individuelle Geschmacksvorlieben bei Tasting Atelier.

 

2. Wine Selection Criteria Varies


When selecting wines, I consider various factors beyond personal taste. As a sommelier, sensory analyst, and food expert I consider various factors when choosing a wine that most of the time goes beyond personal taste alone.


For instance, I may choose a wine based on the specific food pairing, the occasion, or even someone else's preferences. Additionally, there might be times when I'm exploring new wines or have a particular theme in mind. See it like this: as I work with wine or write and talk on the topic of wine, I rarely get to drink one myself, and even more rarely I would have to choose a bottle only for myself. When choosing a wine, I consider factors such as the occasion, food pairing, and the preferences of the individuals I am serving, the daytime, what I will do the day after, and if I consider having one glass or more.


If I am selecting a wine to accompany a specific dish, I will look for a wine that complements the flavors and enhances the overall dining experience. Additionally, I may choose wines based on a theme or concept, such as exploring a specific region or grape variety. This allows me to expand my knowledge and offer unique experiences to my customers. It's important to understand that wine selection is a multifaceted process, and personal taste is just one aspect of it.


So, asking about my personal favorite wines may not provide a comprehensive understanding of my individual, ‘at-home’ or for private use wine choices at any given time.



Erfahren Sie, warum es nicht immer sinnvoll ist, nach Lieblingsweinen zu fragen. Entdecken Sie die Vielfalt des Weins und individuelle Geschmacksvorlieben bei Tasting Atelier.

 

3. Individual Priorities and Budget


When it comes to wine, individual priorities and budget play a significant role in decision-making. As a sommelier, I prioritize wine and allocate a considerable portion of my personal budget towards it. Not even to say as an owner of four wine and culinary tasting locations and educator, my work is buying and selecting wines based on specific circumstances too.


I was in wine purchase for one of the main wine companies in Austria and still offer purchase-assistance to food retailers, so my strategic thinking on a topic i fill most of my days with is not the same as for someone else.




Erfahren Sie, warum es nicht immer sinnvoll ist, nach Lieblingsweinen zu fragen. Entdecken Sie die Vielfalt des Weins und individuelle Geschmacksvorlieben bei Tasting Atelier.

 

Wine selection from a sommelière's point of view


My background, work, and enthusiasm in beverages and wine allow me to explore a wide range of wines and offer diverse options to customers at Tasting Atelier.


However, others may have different priorities and allocate their resources accordingly. Some individuals may prioritize other aspects of their lives, such as travel or hobbies, and allocate a smaller budget for wine. It's crucial to acknowledge that everyone has their own financial constraints and spending preferences.


Therefore, asking about favorite wines may not provide an accurate reflection of someone's budget or financial considerations and seem highly unreasonable to someone else.


In conclusion, when it comes to discussing favorite wines, it's important to remember that personal taste is subjective, wine selection criteria can vary, and individual priorities differ. Also personal taste is influenced by genetics, upbringing, and sensory perception. Additionally, individual priorities and budget vary, and what I prioritize in terms of wine may differ from others.


By understanding these factors, we can appreciate the diversity of taste and preferences in the world of wine.

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Erfahren Sie, warum es nicht immer sinnvoll ist, nach Lieblingsweinen zu fragen. Entdecken Sie die Vielfalt des Weins und individuelle Geschmacksvorlieben bei Tasting Atelier.

Did you know that in our workshops we do not select wines and food products solely according to obvious criteria that seem logical to our guests? Our selection is based on a precise aroma profile that reflects exactly the taste nuances and flavours we want to explore and taste in our courses.


The products play a central role in our teaching method, as they form the basis for our explanations haptically, visually and tastefully. This combination of different senses and effective psychological trait methods makes up a significant part of our extraordinary way of conveying culinary knowledge, exploring it together and hopefully making it visualisable in the future.


Price, label, appearance or region are therefore secondary to us. Our top priority is that the taste corresponds exactly to what we want to explore in each individual workshop.


 

Conclusion


In conclusion, it is important to remember that personal taste is subjective, selection criteria for wine can vary and individual priorities differ. Personal taste is also influenced by genetics, upbringing and sensory perception. In addition, individual priorities and budget vary, and what I prioritise in terms of wine may differ from others.


By understanding these factors, we can appreciate the diversity of tastes and preferences in the world of wine. By keeping these points in mind, we can develop a deeper appreciation for the unique and ever-evolving nature of our personal wine preferences.




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