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Murray Almond's "From the Left Island"
A Bluffer's Guide to Blind Tasting
Being an expert bluffer requires many skills, as you've seen through this series, you need to Check the Bottle; Know Your Enemy, and employ various techniques, the best I've found being the Snotta Method.
In this last lesson, I'll be discussing a series of further refinements to your Bluffing technique that will aid other's perception of you as a blind wine tasting expert. This is important as, for we well know, perception is reality.
If All Else Fails, Take a WAG
Don't say nothing, but if you've got nothing to say, take a WAG. A WAG is a well known term to management consultants, accountants and quiz-show contestants. WAG stands for "Wild-Arsed-Guess". A WAG can be employed with great value when all else has failed. This is because having eliminated the stuff the wine isn't, especially using the Snotta Method, taking a WAG of the remaining alternatives just has a smidge of a chance of being right. If you are right, your legendary status is confirmed, if wrong, this can be dismissed with "Even Halliday/Campbell/Jancis/Parker (pick which one you prefer) gets it wrong sometimes.
A WAG has got me out of a sticky situation at a blind wine tasting many times.
Getting to Carnegie Hall
It does take practice to become an expert bluffer, the more you practice checking the bottle, knowing your enemy, using the Snotta Method and taking the odd WAG, the better your technique, and your bluff, will be. So become a Blindee, and also a Blinder, as often as you can.
But it doesn't stop there; there are other things you can do as well:
After doing all this you may surprise yourself, not only are you bluffing successfully, you may also find that you've actually got to a stage where you're not bluffing any more.
All of this is just a part of the overall enjoyment of all that is great about wine.
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