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Class 2: Tasting Reds

how to taste: red wines

Class 1 focused on white wines because they are slightly less complicated than red wines. Now that you've mastered the basics of whites, you are ready to tackle reds.



The difference between reds and whites is literally skin deep. White wines are made from green-skinned grapes and reds are made from red-skinned grapes. The red skins add color and tannins as well as distinct aromas and flavors.

Color is the obvious distinction. Red wine colors range from purple to ruby red to garnet.

Tannins are another difference; red wines contain tannins and white wines generally don't.

  • Tannins add body; reds tend to be more full-bodied,
  • Tannins add mouthfeels that range from silky smooth to rough....

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