|History of Tasteful Discovery ~ Click for PDF|
Adding to its mystery, taste is integrally tied to the sense of smell. In fact, much of the flavor we experience in our mouths is actually the result of aromas that flow toward the olfactory lobes through a connection at the back of the mouth. This is called Retronasal Olfaction and is the reason behind the slurping and swishing sounds that are common in wine tasting.
Lauren Buzzeo, Tasting Director for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, demonstrates the practice of "aspirating"- using the tongue to suck air into the mouth - in Step 4 of this video Wine 101: How to Taste.
|Smell and Taste connect|
|A Festive Rogue River Blue Cheese|
An attractive presentation is often what we notice about a food in the first place. An interesting texture that invites being touched can also spark curiosity about how it would feel against the tongue.
|Flavor Descriptions ~ Click for PDF|
Everything we eat presents an opportunity to develop an educated palate to impress the only audience that matters - our own selves. In this respect, taste is a personal revelation that the tongue evaluates and then describes through language, the foundation of all cultural heritage. A kiss, a flavor, a word spoken in love, the tongue is a gateway to the essence of being alive.
In the video below, Julia Powers, an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and graduate of the Academie Opus Caseus Affinage Program, takes us through the few simple steps that begin a lifelong journey of the senses. By all means, Enjoy!