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1976

The Nose
Knows

THE 1976 JUDGMENT OF PARIS
blind-tasting competition pitted the finest
French wines against unknown California bottles. The winners? A 1973 Chardonnay from
Chateau Montelena and the 1973 Cabernet
Sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.
This put the Napa Valley on the world map as
a wine region.

Here's the rundown on
Napa Valley's most widely
planted grape varieties.
Cabernet Franc Rich fruit
flavor, good body.
Cabernet Sauvignon
Flavors display a variety of
black fruits.
Chardonnay Styles range
from fresh and crisp to
rich and buttery.
Merlot Rich earthiness
with a smooth finish.
Pinot Noir Earthy aromas
and silky texture.
Sauvignon Blanc Grassy
notes; a variety of fruit
character.

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Zinfandel Notes of spice
and black pepper.

The Five rules of Wine Tasting
Andrea Robinson,
master sommelier and
wine educator

YOU'RE NEW - OWN IT!

"There is probably no
more welcome sight than
a newbie," she says. "That's
the winery's chance to
make a new friend."
For more wine basics, see
andreawine.com.

New to wine tasting?
It may seem daunting. But according to
master sommelier,
wine educator, and
Napa Valley resident
Andrea Robinson,
there's no need to
feel self-conscious.
BY TINA CAPUTO

1. SEE

There's a lot you
can tell about a
wine by its appearance. Generally
speaking, the
darker the color
of the wine, the
fuller the body.

2. SWIRL

This aerates the
wine and releases
the aromatic components responsible for making up
the complexity of
flavor.

3. SMELL

Aroma is your first
clue to the wine's
flavor profile. Your
nose triggers your
brain to perceive
flavors like cherry
in Pinot Noir, or
apple in whites.

4. SIP

Swish the wine
around in your
mouth. This
releases complex
layers of flavor so
all your senses can
take them in.

5. SAVOR/SPIT

Enjoy the wine's
finish. Or, if you're
doing several tastings in one day, it's
a good idea
to spit.

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