Stage #37 of Sommelier Wine Box ( April 2021 , led by sommelier Gabriele Scalici ) was dedicated to "salt wines".
Anyone who wants to touch the heart of wine cannot fail to touch one of its key aspects: flavor. Over the years, global taste has praised other peculiarities, from tannin to alcoholic strength. But flavor will always play a fundamental role in the tasting experience, especially in wines intended to accompany a good meal.
What is flavor in a wine? And why do we think we perceive it? Leaving aside the cold physical explanation, which speaks of metals, of anions of organic and inorganic acids, the flavor in wine is given by the presence of mineral substances , which vary according to the characteristics of the soil, the climate, the proximity of the sea or to a stream of water. Cellar practices , refinement and conservation have a further influence: one can easily understand how much flavor reveals the wine in the glass, without forgetting that it is often precisely the mineral sensation, together with acidity, that generates the desire - to irrepressible times - to take another sip, and then another, and another.
We decided to propose "salt wines" to compare different wines from different territories, united by precise saline sensations, whose pleasantness clearly indicates, like the north in a compass, the quality of what we are drinking.