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W i n e Ta s t i n g 1 0 1
Before you bring home the best of Wine Country,
you'll want to do plenty of tastings.
The tasting bar should be fun, not intimidating, so use
these 4 simple tips to get more out of every glass.
Just remember: See, Swirl, Smell, Swish.
See the Colour
Hold your glass up to the light and take note of the colour.
This gives you a hint about the grape
variety - and indicates age of the wine or vintage.

Swirl the Glass
Gently swirl the wine and watch how it coats the glass.
A more viscous wine is said to have "legs" - more alcohol and body.

Smell the "Nose" of the Wine
Get in there! Start with soft sniffs and then stick your whole
nose in the glass to take it all in. Think about
the aromas you smell, from berries to spice to smoke.

Swish the Wine Around Your Mouth
Don't be dainty. Let the wine contact every part of your tongue.
Describe the experience. Sweet or dry? Light or
full bodied? Do you taste the aromas you smelled?
Remember: spitting is not considered rude, which is why
most wineries have spittoons lined up at the bar.
Keep in mind: tasting is subjective, so there's no "wrong" answer.
The more time you take tasting, the more you learn which
regions and grapes you like better. And it's a lot of fun along the way.

Wine Flavours Are Influenced By
Sweetness
Residual sugars from the grapes
balance with acidity to build flavour.

Wine Aromas Can Be
Fruity (berry, apple, citrus)
Floral (violet, orange flower)

Acidity
Another element natural to the grape
that creates tartness and brightness.

Herbal/Vegetal (cut grass, bell pepper)

Tannin
The astringency or "chewiness" of some
wines that gives them structure. It can come
both from grape skins and oak barrels.

Smoky/Woody (smoke, coffee, vanilla)

Spicy (liquorice, black pepper)

Sweet (caramel, honey)
And many, many more...

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