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Have you ever imagined that water could be tasted, like you do for wine or other fine beverages? It has a specific flavour that you could learn to perceive, together with the properties (taste, smell, texture, clearness) that can help you to pair water with the best wines and foods.
Tasting wine is a well known activity with its own rules as olive oil tasting. Water tasting is more recent and S.Pellegrino studied and codified its guidelines, the best techniques and tools to conduct water tasting. The results was 'The S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna Water Codex', a book written by international sommelier Giuseppe Vaccarini and Claudia Moriondo (Doctorate in Food Preparation Science) to create a common language for everyone who whish to explore this topic.
It seems to Fine Dining Lovers a don't miss occasion to share this 'science' with all of you starting a new series of posts - every Monday - examining tips, tools and techniques lo learn to fully appreciate the hidden properties of water.
WHY CONDUCT A WATER TASTING?
Loving and appreciating water means completely forgetting its function as a hydrating beverage on everyday consumption. It means seeing it as a refined beverage whose organoleptic properties (taste, smell, texture, clearness) are remarkably interesting and appealing. To become enthusiasts and, at a later time, skilled tasters, the path to be followed is quite brief. Most of all, it is indispensable to learn to understand what the sense organs convey to the brain and to learn some basic notions that allow us to describe the sensations experienced to others.
Performing a water tasting means conducting a rational and concious investigation without any preconceptions. It means committing all of the senses at our disposal to classifying its merits and flaws through systematic analysis.
There are various elements that determine the characteristics of a water: its pH, its percentage and "quality" of dissolved carbon dioxide, and its varying degree of qualitative and quantitative mineralization.
Therefore, the ultimate objectives of water tasting are numerous: learning to appreciate this beverage, drinking it with the aim of perceiving its qualities, being able to select which one would be best matched with wine and food, and, last but not least, being able to describe it so that we may speak of it with competence and knowledge.
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