Presidential TasteRemembering the wines that make history ... for you!
What’s the difference between drinking wine and tasting it?
At least that’s what the pros say … but, these are the same folks that can pick out 100 different smells and flavors in a single drop of wine.
Impressive for sure, but mortals like us need a cheat sheet!
For me, tasting is all about picking out (and remembering) things in many different wines we try so we can find more of the stuff we love. Science says that when we associate one thing to something else, or make a game put of something, it can help us remember stuff.
For example … Maybe the wine your enjoying is party in a bottle … maybe something seems a little improper, but for whatever reason this wine is kinda likable – That could be the Bill Clinton of wines.
Throw in some simple rules and points … Tada!
Let’s Play a Game!
To help us find and remember the wines we love, I’ve created a handy tasting guide and game for you and your friends to enjoy alongside your wines.
It’s follows a tried and true method for “properly” tasting wine, but throws in some presidential personality and good natured arguing just for the fun of it … I mean … science.
There’s an expanded list of Presidential notes below and a link to download your very own Wine Like an American tasting guide and game. Cheers!
Below is an expanded list of “Presidential Personalities” to use along with you tasting template.
Our Presidents have a long and distinguished history of enjoying wine and other adult beverages. If you want to dig deeper into that history, you should check out my report on Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt and then read the book.
Remember the point of all these notes is to help you remember the wines you like … and the ones you won’t be voting for again! Feel free to make your own. Maybe George Washington tastes like “chopped red cherries to you” … Ok, that’s still my note. Whatever!
Pour a glass and have some fun!
Classic. The Prototype. The Template.
Not a 1st growth, but pretty darn amazing all the same.
Iconic. Complex. Filled with Passion. New world passion, Old world style.
A wine that sets the rules.
Original Badass Overachiever
John Quincy Adams:
Pedigree. Complex and cultured.
Tannins that pack a punch. Brash, bold and in your face!
William Henry Harrison:
Could’ve been good, but the finish was way to short.
This one is “Rough and Ready”
Obscure. Like some of the wines that come from finger lakes region of NY
Whoa! The Alcohol is outta control
This may be the worst wine ever.
Honest and true expression. Somehow it holds together competing flavors, acids, tannins. Whew! One to remember.
Nope. This wine should be removed immediately.
Worth of a second try … just not right now.
Bold but Balanced
BIG… Really Big
Please prohibit me from ever drinking this again.
Warren G. Harding:
I wouldn’t want anyone to know I’m drinking this
Depressing. These grapes do great things in Europe, but they are not getting it done at this vineyard.
Long finish. Goes on & on & on & on!
Harry S. Truman:
Didn’t think this one had a chance, but it really surprised me.
Dwight D. Eisenhower:
5 Stars! This one would even impress the French.
Young, but promising
This wine must be from Texas
Pretty label, but this wine must e corked.
It’s better than the last wine I tasted … but that’s not saying much.
A wine that effortlessly speaks to you.
A party in the glass and I feel a little bad for enjoying this.