When I first started working at locals I didn’t think I would have to change my personal habits too much. I get to sleep in, have a later dinner, and not have to worry about getting the frost off of my window. One thing I did not think of was how I would have to change brushing my teeth. I would come in and taste the wines and make sure they were not oxidized. Sounds pretty simple right?
Not 20 minutes before I had brushed my teeth as I was going out the door after breakfast. The wine I tasted was horrible! It wasn’t oxidized, but the flavor was very off. I figured it might have been because I had super spicy Thai food the night before and maybe my palette was still off. When this happened many days in a row I knew something was up.
I started brushing my teeth sooner, or tasting the wine later, it helped but not much. Then I switched out my peppermint toothpaste with a “citrus burst” toothpaste. I never had the problem again. There must be something about minty toothpaste that just kills the sweet and fruit receptors on your tongue. I find it can take up to 2 hours for the mintyness to come off of your palette. So if you know you will be tasting wine early in the day, be sure to use a non minty toothpaste so you can enjoy the wines the way they are supposed to be tasting.