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Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Richaud Cairanne, 2003, Cotes du Rhone Village, France.  Add/Read Comments

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I've been trying too hard (or so the discussions between a few fellow wine bloggers on Twitter would have it). Following its 'discovery' here I put a call out to a handful to take up the challenge of providing a wine tasting note in visual form only.

This is exactly what Chateau Petrogasm has been doing since is inception last June; offering wine tasting notes using "colors, sketches, photography, and other visual media". An interesting concept that many of those I contacted embracing the idea with passion. Traditionalists are going to hate it and it does have its limitations, hence my struggle.

Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Richaud Cairanne, 2003, COtes du Rhone Villages

Can you really encapsulated all the nuances of colour, aroma, taste and texture in one single image? I'm not convinced you can. One aspect perhaps over all others - but which to single out to encapsulate the 'whole' of something very sensual? My attempt here is trying to show the depth and silky richness of a Cairanne; chocolate, plums, a meaty edge, dark, moody. (An explanation should not have been necessary!) Others have had more success -

CorkDork with a Cigar Box Guitar for a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon.
Surf4Wine with a gravel and cold steel rendition of a Chablis.
GrapeJuice has a reclining decadent smoking woman for a Costières de Nîmes.
WineCast goes for a market stall dedecked with fruit for an Albarinho.
Cooksister has peaches in a glass for a Riesling.

Hats off to Chateau Petrogasm for stimulating the debate. Perhaps GrapeJuice sums it up best using one single word - 'irreverant'; maybe that is what the wine blogging arena should be.

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Domaine Richaud Cairanne, 2003, Cotes du Rhone Village, France.
Scribblings Rating - 94/100 [4.25 out of 5]

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I like the images(yours for the fact you did it yourself(i assume)), but I wonder if this in someway is "blogger boredom" or looking too far for a niche. I struggle enough getting all I want to into a written note at times, not to mention the short show of "twitter TN's". Really this imagery combined with a note I think is interesting, but to leave it to a picture alone, I'm not sure I find it engaging enough.

I think the fun is in interpreting the photo.

Erm... apricots and honey in my glass, actually!! I think it was a fun idea - sometimes I simply do not have the time for a proper tasting note and this stretched the imagination.

For a creative 'exercise' I thought it was great, really gave 'pause for thought'. Can't see me being able to do it on a regular basis though as this gave me more headaches and induced more panic than I care to repeat!

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