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Winning at Wine Tasting

October 26, 2016 10:03 am Published by

Wine clubs and competitive wine tasting Not everyone realizes that wine tasting is actually a competitive sport. This year, the world was surprised when a Chinese team achieved a perfect score, identifying twelve French wines by taste alone. The team described wine tasting as “fifty percent knowledge and fifty percent luck.” If you’d like to become an expert in the art of wine tasting, one way is to join a wine club and go to wine tastings. Learn to recognize the different notes in the aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and how they differ from other wines.... View Article

Wine Tasting as an Art

September 29, 2016 5:34 am Published by

Wine tastings are common wine club events If you’re a member of a Napa Valley wine club (and why not?) you may be invited to a wine tasting. If it’s outdoors, plan for the weather, especially this time of year. Dress well but comfortably. There’s an art even to handling the glass of wine. Hold it by the stem or base, so your hand doesn’t warm it. Try to look at the wine against a white background to assess its clarity and color. White wines get darker with age, while red wines get browner. Put the glass on a flat... View Article

Understanding Wine Descriptions

Understanding Wine Descriptions

September 14, 2016 3:03 pm Published by

Things you hear at a wine club’s wine tasting. A lot of the wine tastings language you hear if you’re a member of a wine club and you’ve been invited to a tasting is easy to understand. If you’re familiar with the smell and taste of various fruits, vegetables and spices, much of the description of the aroma and flavor of wine will make intuitive sense. Some of these terms might seem not exactly food-related, such as “leather” or “crushed rocks.” Think of the smell of leather or wet cement, and imagine tasting that smell (taste and smell are closely... View Article

Knowing Where the Aromas Come From

July 14, 2016 11:43 am Published by

Wine club wine tasting One thing you might hear about at a wine tasting held by a wine club is the aroma wheel developed by Unlike the traditional Wine Aroma Wheel created by Ann C. Noble, this one classifies aromas (and flavors) according to the point in the winemaking process that gives rise to them. Primary aromas come from the grape itself, or from its terroir. Most of the variety of possibilities comes from this. The categories are flower, citrus, tree fruit, tropical fruit (for some reason, bubblegum is classified here as a tropical fruit), red fruit, black fruit,... View Article

Wine Tasting 101

June 17, 2016 4:13 am Published by

Sampling wine at a wine club wine tasting When you first sample wine at a wine tasting, hold the glass by the stem or the base, so the warmth of your hand doesn’t heat the wine past its serving temperature. Look at the wine against a white background, such as a tablecloth, to see the wine’s color and clarity. Place the wine glass on a flat surface and swirl it carefully to bring out the aroma and show the texture. Smell the wine, and think of the things the aroma reminds you of. It may help to get a copy... View Article

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