A flask of wine, a loaf of bread, – and thou

Apparently, if you ask wine experts to match the tasting notes to the wine, not only are they unable to identify them on the basis of other people’s notes (beyond obvous things like ‘it’s a sauvignon blanc’ or ‘it’s oaky’), they are unable to identify them on the basis of their own tasting notes from a few months ago. In other words, all that stuff they come out with (“I’m getting a slight hint of candle-stubs and grass”) is too impressionistic to be really informative.

Presumably the same would apply to a lot of poetry reviews.

2 Comments

  1. 29 September 2005 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    I feel precisely that way about working on student poetry.

  2. Harry
    29 September 2005 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    What, that the poems are too impressionistic to be really informative, or your comments?

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