A wine tasting (also blind tasting) in which either no or only certain parameters are known about a wine. The ultimate goal is to make an objective judgement that is not influenced by knowledge of famous names, sites or producers. The famous British taster Michael Broadbent (1927-2020) said that the quality assessment of a wine by blind tasting without any information is the most useful training method for every wine lover, but not infrequently also the most humiliating. However, a distinction must be made between a blind tasting in the "literal sense" and one in the "figurative sense". Under certain circumstances, the "beautiful appearance" of a wine, as important as a wine without turbidity is, can lead to a distortion of objectivity. Now, in order to exclude the influence of colour or optical stimuli in general, such a literal one can be useful. This can be achieved by tasting under red light, using black tasting glasses, testing in complete darkness or blindfolding. However, literal blind tastings are exceptions, not the rule.
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