Course: Understanding Wine

Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine


This class covered the following topics:

Tasting Preparation

  • To taste its best, wine should be chilled.
  • Optimal temperature for white wines is 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to Open a Bottle


  • Size and shape can affect the taste of a wine. Look for tulip-shaped glasses.
  • Leave room for swirling; fill glasses only one-fourth to one-third full.

How Your Senses Work
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How to Taste Wine
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