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Dear Dr. Vinny,

When doing a vertical tasting of wines, which order should be used to taste the wines? Is it youngest to oldest, or oldest to youngest? Or does it even matter? Thanks.

—Jim P., Kalkar, Germany

Dear Jim,

You can find reasons to go in either direction. I personally tend to go from oldest to youngest; my reasoning is that the older wines will often be lighter-bodied and less tannic than their youngster counterparts. But I know some people who prefer to go from younger to older; their logic is that the older wines will be more complex and nuanced than the younger wines. Why don't you try it both ways and see what you think?

—Dr. Vinny


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