They say necessity is the mother of invention. A couple of winemakers-in-the-making, Nicole and Andrew Macaluso, were working toward their degrees in winemaking and wine chemistry at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Faced with the task of taste-testing numerous barrels of red wine, they wished there was some type of liquid—something better even than water—that would help refresh their palates so that they could taste more.
After time spent studying the mechanisms of taste, they came up with something that did the job—water designed to clear the palate without leaving an aftertaste. And with that, they founded Evo Water Evolved. It is sparkling and comes in a few different citrus flavors. The company says it heightens your sense of taste.
So, if you’re lucky enough to have to taste massive amounts of vino, there are a few ways to do so in addition to Evo Water Evolved. Between wines, the idea is to neutralize the remnants of the previous wine, clearing your taste buds for the new sip. Consider:
• White bread
• Citrus sorbet made without a lot of sugar
Avoid smelly stuff like coffee (definitely not a great palate cleanser) and avoid brushing your teeth right before the tasting. If you’re at a cocktail party, those mini-eggrolls and short ribs aren’t technically palate cleansers, either! Just FYI. But enjoy anyway.
Photo Credit: Evo Water Evolved