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Jeromy Roush



Newbie (6)
Location: ca, US

Dec 02, 2008 04:09 PM

How to taste a wine:
Three senses come into play during a wine tasting: sight, smell and taste. Remember, there is no right or false answer… it’s about your tastes!

How to look at a wine:
Use a white background to view the wine, white is neutral and will prevent mistaking the real color. The appearance of a wine can yield a lot of information.
First, look at the color of the wine. White wine will be greenish, pale yellow or golden. Red wine will be clear like rosé, purple, ruby or dark red. Rosé will be blue-gray, purple-rosé or light red.
After, verify the clarity of the wine, it’s transparency. To verify the viscosity, stir the wine and look for the trace on the inside of the glass. Viscosity determine the alcohol. The intensity is the color intensity.
corktrader



Buzzed (30)
Location: CA, US

Dec 05, 2008 10:11 AM

This video is hilarious and great at the same time.

Thank you spectator!

http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Free/Video/0,4258,353549858_1527680295_1476789609,00.html
grapetrade



Fermenting (16)
Location: Milan, IT

Jan 15, 2009 07:58 PM

If your interested in hosting a wine tasting party it really is simple. For a great event that your friends will remember, be sure to include:

- Appetizers to enjoy before the tasting
- Bread to cleanse the palate between wines
- Clear wine glasses
- Dump buckets to deposit unused wine before next pouring
- Four to six types of wine
- Pitchers of water for rinsing glasses and palates between wines.
corktrader



Buzzed (30)
Location: CA, US

Feb 14, 2009 12:14 PM

Try this... When you really want to taste a wine (either the 1st time or 1st open) instead of just taking a swig, try swishing it around ALL parts of your mouth and tounge. Treat the wine like mouthwash. Seriously! I promise if you have never done this you will quickly find this new way of tasting a pleasing way to identify what you may like and or dislike in a wine.
Enjoy!
TheBlind909



Newbie (7)
Location: CA, US

Feb 16, 2009 11:56 AM

Came across this the other day. Thought you guys might enjoy it. Not sure I agree with all of these generalizations but not a bad guide.

Zinfandel
Appearance : Dark red with light purple hue, with distinct legs and good clarity

Smell: The wine is clean on nose with intense plums, raspberries, liquorices and shows developed characters like chocolate and leather.

Taste: Intense sweet fruit with spice, plum and dark cherries. The tannins are soft and the wine is well balanced with fruity finish

A medium bodied, fruity and cozy drinking wine.


Shiraz
Appearance : Dark red colour with purple rim and good viscosity with distinct legs, good clarity

Smell:Intense ripe cherries, strawberries, blackberries, spice with a hint of pepper and green olives. Also, showing developed fruit characters such as chocolates and fruit cake.

Taste:Very fresh and clean wine with intense fruit such as raspberries, sweet lollies/confectionary character, blackberries spicy with dusty and supple tannins. A well balanced wine with complex bouquet having very good length.
A medium bodied, complex, intense fruity wine with very good length.


Cabernet Sauvignon
Appearance: Intense dark red colour with distinct violet rim. The wine has good viscosity showing distinct thick legs and good clarity.

Smell: The wine is very fruity with intense spice, blackcurrants, black olives, tomato bush with hints of capsicum and dusty rose.

Taste: The wine is complex with intense blackcurrants, herbaceous, with developed characters like chocolates, pencil shavings. The tannins are velvety and mouth filling.

The wine is medium to full bodied, complex with good length and will improve in the bottle with 1-2 years bottle maturation.


Cabernet-Shiraz
Appearance: Dark red in colour with light purple rim and shows good viscosity with disctinct legs.

Smell:Intense blackcurrants with a hint of tomato bush followed by raspberries, dusty, fennels, sweet fruit and spicy character.

Taste:Wine is fresh with intense blackcurrants, black olives, spicy with a hint of pencil shavings and showing developed characters such as coffee and chocolate. The wine has mouth filling slightly coarse, dry tannins.

Overall the wine is well balanced with good tannins and a mix of primary fruit and developed flavours. Drink now or will develop well with 2 years of bottle maturation.


Shiraz – Cabernet - Merlot
Appearance: Intense Dark red in colour with light purple rim and shows good viscosity with disctinct legs.

Smell: Very intense blackcurrants, plums, raisins, blackberries, vanilla with soothing menthol character followed by ripe cherries and spice.

Taste: Wine is fresh with intense blackcurrants, blackberries, spicy clove character, cherries and showing good integration of oak with a long length well rounded plummy on finish. The wine has mouth filling velvety, tannins.

Overall the wine is well balanced with good tannins and a mix of primary fruit and developed flavours with well integrated oak. Drink now or will develop well with 2 to 3 years of bottle maturation.

 

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