Spit or Swallow?
When it comes to barrel tasting, it's a universal question with no universal answer.
'To spit or to swallow, that is the question.'
And at the end of the day, it's a personal decision.
(While Peter spits, I prefer to swallow.)
Last week, Peter & I had the fabulous opportunity to sip on top of, between and around barrels of Pinot Noir
with the winemaker of Ghost Hill Cellars - Rebecca Marie Pittock Shouldis (my sis from another miss).
Why do we barrel taste?
That's a good question, and here's the answer.
"It's not about tasting what the wine is at the moment. It's about tasting what the wine will be when it's ready."
(Yep. That's my quote on the matter.)
Now, when it comes to barrel tasting, there are a few things you should be aware of.