The theme of the sixth Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC), held in Logroño last October, was ‘Exploring Flavour’. Flavour in wines, of course, and the ways in which flavour is imparted. But also of how we perceive flavour, and the subjectivity of that. One of the speakers on this topic was Tim Hanni MW; unfortunately I missed his talk. But I was told all of his thoughts are in his book Why You Like the Wines You Like, so that book is now waiting on my iPad to be read.
More flavour was to be experienced in different tastings and stands, like the one from Andrew Quady, the Californian wine maker who specialises in sweet wines. I will write about his wines later. And of course there were the flavours of La Rioja, our host region, both red and white, old and new. I will come back to them too, later on.
One of the highlights of this conference for me, however, was the Wine Mosaic Grand Tasting: an exploration of ten native Iberian varieties, each with their own particular and unique flavours, chaired by Julia Harding MW and Dr. José Vouillamoz, together with Jancis Robinson co-authors of the book Wine Grapes.