We don't get too many chances to taste wine in such a historic wine cellar. Does it make a difference? What do you think?
Do you feel that you may embarass yourself in front of others? Or would you simply like to improve your wine tasting skills? This relatively short section gives you plenty of practical tips on wine tasting. And for a change of pace, it includes an article about what was perhaps the most far-reaching wine tasting ever, the one that permanently placed the New World on an equal footing with the Old World. While we do not necessarily agree with each author's affirmations, we only present articles that we feel are of value. We plan to add relevant articles from time to time.
This article really covers the basics of wine tasting. Why not print it out, make sure that your wine glasses are spotlessly clean, pour out two small servings of a favorite wine, and read the Wine_articles as you step through the tasting process.
Guide To Tasting Wine
"It is within the grasp of the vast majority of people to confidently differentiate varietals, styles, flavor profiles, and flaws when tasting wine. Tasting wine requires not only a grasp of your senses, but also the ability to..."
Glasure offers wine tasting tips especially for visitors to wine tasting rooms. You can apply some of these tips when tasting wine at home.
"The nose knows. Try not to..."10 Great Wine Tasting Tips
This is a humorous look at wine tasting from a British perspective.
"Once you've found the correct position, study the colour and clarity of the wine. Now you may well believe that wine's either red, pin, or white but I'm afraid, if that's the case, you're very much mistaken..."An Idiot's Guide To Wine Tasting
Briggs explains the impact on flavor of a wine's sweetness, alcohol, acidity, tannin, and oak, and their interaction.
"Alcohol is created as a byproduct of yeast extracting energy from sugar in an environment devoid of oxygen. While your tongue does noot have any specific receptors to taste alcohol, it does have a very pronounced effect on the mouth. Alcohol causes blood vessels to dialate and can..."The major flavor components in wine
Bicais describes the historic 1976 wine tasting pitting the New World (California's Napa Valley) against the Old World (France's Bordeaux) reds, in which the New World emerged the unambiguous victor. And the wine world was never the same. Continue reading this article to learn about the lowlands and highlands of the Stags Leap region of Napa Valley.
"The victory became known as the vinous "shot heard round the world," and its effects were felt almost immediately. The best Cabs from teh Napa Valley were now considered to be ..."The 1976 Paris Wine Tasting
Master the techniques in this article and you'll never deal with wine the same way again. For example, the author devotes four paragraphs to wine color.
"Let's go through an example: you pour yourself a glass of red wine and after carefully observing it, you notice a full granite color, good density, and not so good transparency. What conclusions can you draw?"Wine Tasting