WEEK 5 : Headed toward the end of this experiment; and, as luck wouldn’t have it, I’ve got myself a brutal cold. This means that my palate is totally off, and this will have to be tasted in the most extreme swirling my mouth has ever done, so I can maximize tasting the effects. The Boxed Wine Experiment with Duca del Frassino’s Garganega/Pinot Grigio show must go on, but I felt it only fair to the wine and the process that I let you know that this week’s wine experiment is at a major disadvantage. Today, I can’t taste a blessed thing. I swirled, I sniffed and sniffed, and sniffed again… No luck. On my palate, the wine was pleasantly balanced, not giving me any chances to make a face of displeasure, but beyond that… Nada. I enjoyed the wine benefit that it brought, but I could have been sipping the cardboard and had the same affect on my palate. Actually, this is an unforeseen benefit to the wine. When we’re this sick, who wants to be enjoying wine. On the flip side of that is that my wine’s not wasting away in the refrigerator, spoiling before I can enjoy it again. (I’m an eternal optimist.) Fingers crossed for regaining my palate (and hearing in my left ear… totally gone!) for next week’s grand finale.

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