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Wine Spectator School

Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

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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.

Still Wines

  • Presentation
  • Pouring sequence
  • Pour quantity

Champagne and Sparkling Wine

  • Opening safely
  • Pouring without frothing over


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

How Your Senses Work
The main ideas are associated with the following interactive list:

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