Course: Sensory Evaluation

Class 1: Before You Taste -- and See and Sniff


Being one of Wine Spectator's expert tasters sounds glamorous and fun. After all, the Senior Editors get to taste amazing wines and travel to beautiful wine regions and all they need to do is to write a few tasting notes and an occasional article for the magazine. (You should have heard Bruce Sanderson laughing at this description.)

In reality, it's not that straightforward.

For each outstanding wine, they taste dozens of quaffing wines. And before they show up for a tasting, a lot of background work needs to be completed.

Tasting actually includes these four activities:
  1. Observe
  2. Describe
  3. Compare
  4. Evaluate

What do you think is involved in each of these activities?
Read on to answer this question.




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