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FADS AND FASHIONS

IN 1992 a paper presented at the annual Australian Society of Wine Educators Conference analysed the common aroma descriptors used by journalists. It looked at the major grape varieties - riesling, sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. The list is a useful teaching tool to help novice tasters look for the right descriptors. But over time have these descriptors changed? What was fashionable in 1992 might not stack up in 2019.

Recently I was reading the tasting notes of wine judges from a major Australian wine show over a three-year period so it was an

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