Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sensory Evaluation - The Basics

Read previous sensory evaluation articles - The Language of Wine, Wine & Bullfighting.

Sensory evaluation is a part of every human's daily life. Love that smell when the sun comes out after it rains? How delicious that pizza is from the restaurant on the corner? Hate being stuck in traffic behind the trash collector? Sensory evaluation is all around us. For food and beverage makers, sensory evaluation is part of the job. Whether it's cheese, chocolate, cider, spirits, or wine, sensory evaluation is a key element in making sure the product turns out as intended.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sensory Evaluation - Wine & Bullfighting?

I have been working on some articles discussing sensory evaluation of wine, which I will have to share with here over the next couple weeks. In the meantime, it seemed fitting to share this passage from a recent book I read.

Ernest Hemingway's novel, 'Death in the Afternoon', is a non-fiction book detailing the many aspects of bullfighting. Hemingway developed a love for bullfighting over many years in Spain, and also a love of wine (though more French than Spanish). The passage below discusses appreciation of wine as Hemingway compares it to appreciation of bullfighting:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tricycles in the Philippines

Motorized tricycles are a very common sight in the Philippines. Tricycles in their basic form are nothing more than a motorcycle with an attached sidecar; some have a semi-enclosed cab that covers both driver and passengers (these closer resemble tuk-tuks, popular in south-east Asian countries like Thailand and Cambodia), but most have a semi-enclosed sidecar with just a roof over the driver/motorbike.