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Ever thought you could be a paid wine taster?

August 27, 2009

Imagine how it would have been if somebody would have paid you for tasting a glass of wine everyday. Even though this may not sound like your run on the mill profession, one can actually take it up as a career and get paid well  A wine taster is essentially a guy who gets paid to drink wine, to think about wine, and to decide the kind of wine that you’ll probably like.

Drinking wine
Being a wine taster is an interesting job, but the caveat is that to actually become a wine taster you should have an in-depth knowledge about wine. You need to be able to pick out aromas and flavors like oak, cherry, nuts, etc. You should be able to tell a ‘sweet’ wine from a ‘bitter’ one. But how does one learn these things?

There are many institutions around the world that provide courses in wine tasting.  In India, though people are still exploring this profession, an increasing number of Indian youngsters are finding wine tasting as a lucrative offbeat career. As it is still at its nascent stage, there is a lack of qualified and experienced wine tasters in India. Indian wine makers therefore have been left with no other choice but to hire tasters from abroad for this avant-garde job that involves a combination of art and science with a thorough knowledge of wine and its flavors.

However, latest studies indicate that India’s wine market is growing fast, at around 30 per cent a year. Hence, many are taking initiatives to start up institutions for the same. One such institution is Tulleeho (read the name carefully!). Tulleeho offers a variety of training courses around appreciation of alcoholic beverages for individuals, corporates, and food and beverage professionals. Courses offered cover wine appreciation, cocktail making, and Scotch and Single Malt appreciation. Their faculty includes mixology experts, sommeliers, and expert bartenders.

Almost anyone can be a wine taster; all it takes is a will and a nose. We vary from person to person not just in terms of the compounds we’re particularly sensitive to, and the strength of those sensitivities, but also in our physical make-up. A small minority, sometimes called anosmics, have a poor, defective or damaged sense of smell – either from birth, or  due to certain other causes, including old age.

However, we all have very different sensitivities (and preferences – quite different from what we happen to be able to taste easily) so it’s very unlikely that two tasters experience exactly the same sensations when they smell a wine. This is why there are no absolutes in wine tasting. No one can accuse you of being wrong in your opinion of a wine! 🙂

So what are you waiting for… you can actually start living your wildest dreams!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bhavya permalink
    August 27, 2009 9:00 pm

    Cool info …

  2. greycellsinxs permalink
    August 31, 2009 10:55 am

    this sounds really interesting

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