Insights from The Art and Science of Wine Tasting with Niccolò Baldelli-Boni, Josh McCallen and Jin Ahn.

In Episode 3 of the Inspired Money Podcast's live stream series, “The Taste of Success,” hosted by Andy Wang and produced by Bradley Jon Eaglefeather, a distinguished panel—Niccolò Baldelli-Boni, Josh McCallen, and Jin Ahn—shared their wisdom on the art and science of wine tasting. The segment, fittingly titled “The Art and Science of Wine Tasting,” explored the complexities of sensory evaluation, wine characteristics, and the importance of group tasting. Here are the key takeaways from this enlightening segment.

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The Intricacies of Sensory Evaluation

Niccolò Baldelli-Boni, a seasoned wine enthusiast, emphasized the need for a comprehensive sensory evaluation when tasting wine. He pointed out that it's not just about sipping; it's about visual examination, olfactory evaluation, and taste analysis. These techniques help in discovering the wine's complexity and character.

The Olfactory Journey: From Flaw Detection to Complexity

Jin Ahn, a professional in the field, elaborated on the olfactory evaluation process. He highlighted the importance of first identifying any flaws in the wine, such as cork taint or oxidation. Once the wine passes this initial test, the focus shifts to its fruit profile, non-fruit characteristics, and overall complexity.

The Power of Group Tasting

Jin Ahn also emphasized the value of group tasting, especially with those more knowledgeable. He explained that group settings allow for comparative tasting, which is crucial for understanding the nuances between different wines, vintages, or vineyards. It's a collaborative learning experience that can significantly enhance your wine-tasting skills.

The Legacy of Renault Winery

Josh McCallen introduced us to the fascinating world of Renault Winery, the second oldest winery in America, surprisingly located in New Jersey. He shared the rich history of the winery, founded in the 1800s, and its unique terroir. This segment served as a reminder that the world of wine is vast and full of surprises, and that history and location often play a significant role in a wine's character.


The segment “The Art and Science of Wine Tasting” from Episode 3 of the Inspired Money Podcast's live stream series, “The Taste of Success,” provided a rich tapestry of insights and perspectives. The conversation wasn't just about tasting; it was about doing so in a way that aligns with a deeper understanding and appreciation of wine. As you navigate the evolving landscape of wine tasting, let the wisdom of Niccolò Baldelli-Boni, Josh McCallen, and Jin Ahn be your guiding stars.

by Story Alchemist – Stella Knight (Creative Collaborative Media Design by EaglesVision).

Guest Profiles:

Nicholas Baldelli-Boni lives in Tuscany and can trace his family roots there for over 900 years. He studied in Europe and the United States, then came home and failed (badly) at running an agricultural business. Today, he works with luxury tourism in Cortona and Florence and invests in real estate.

Jin Ahn is co-owner and general manager at noreetuh, a Hawaiian restaurant in the East Village. He’s responsible for the restaurant’s award-winning wine list of approximately 300 selections with a strong representation from France and Germany. In addition to the wines, there are a number of craft beers and specialty sakes on the list. If you’re looking for good Old-World Riesling or red Burgundy in New York City, then this is where to go.

Josh McCallen is a business turnaround expert and resort rehab specialist. He is a multi-faceted leader in the luxury, residential, hospitality, and real estate project leadership. In the past 20 years, Mr. McCallen has led projects, generating well over $100,000,000 in revenues. As CEO and president of Vivamee Hospitality, he oversees Renault Winery in Egg Harbor, NJ, one of the only vintners in the U.S. with the privilege of calling his sparkling wine Champagne.

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