Is there a limit to the amount a professional wine taster should taste in a day? Can tasting too many affect their job performance? These questions are important because if you don’t know them you could do a poor job. They are discussed here for those who desire knowledge on this interesting job.
- Tasting stamina depends on a number of factors: a mix of ability, practice, mood and the style and variety of wines being sampled.
- Palate fatigue is also exacerbated by certain styles of wine – very tannic reds such as young Bordeaux will be tougher going than a flight of fruity Beaujolais.
- Fatigue can be offset to some extent by providing the palate with variety and by considering the order in which you taste certain wines.
“We make sure our judges can take their time, spending an average of about eight minutes with each wine, to taste and write a note.”