Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Short post today.  I use Cellartracker for looking up consumer tasting notes for various wines and wineries. I've noticed that the word "salinity" seems to crop up quite frequently these days. I don't recall its usage being that prevalent before, but now, lots of folks are using it. 

My observation is that certain terms or descriptors go viral in the world of tasting notes. Salinity is one of the new buzz words?

That said, there's certainly nothing wrong with using that term, or any other term, if that's the best way to describe a wine.  And just how many terms can there be?  I get tired of using the same ones over and over again and wish I could be more creative but on the other hand, what is better: to be creative or to be accurate?  I guess creatively accurate would be best but the inspiration for the synapses in the brain to fire full force isn't always there. 

Same with the audio world.  Over there, everyone likes to use wide soundstage as a positive way to describe the sound of gear they like.  In fact, the wider the better and if you can say it sounds like it extends 50 feet outside the physical boundaries of your speakers and even into the next door neighbor's house and beyond, all the better.  Or pinpoint imaging - like you could get up and point to exactly where the instrument or vocalist was located, even to the size of a dime (never mind that people and instruments are larger than dimes). 

Anyway, I just wanted to point out that I see salinity used in tasting notes a lot more now than before.  The reader should take that observation with a grain of salt, however.

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