flight (of wine etc.)

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Mar 19 15:14:28 UTC 2008

Since I am perhaps the oldest wino on the list, I can confirm that
almost certainly "wine flight" is the ur-form, but I have seen it
extended to beer, scotch, and other things I refrain from drinking. I
believe it nicely distinguishes between a group of wines chosen for a
meal or event (allowing the diner to avoid one bottle for the whole
meal) and the more serious "wine tasting," but, alas, I have recently
seen tasting events described as ones that contain a "flight" of this
or that. Don't trust us winos with the language.


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>On Mar 19, 2008, at 7:30 AM, i wrote:
>>  not discussed on ADS-L since 1992.
>let me rephrase that: not in the ADS-L archives (1992-present).
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Dennis R. Preston
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