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Wine Spectator School

Class 2: Your Senses and Wine


As soon as you take a sip of wine, your senses of smell, taste and touch all spring into action. You begin evaluating the wine's flavors, taste and mouthfeel as well as its structure, balance and finish.

This module focuses on gustation (your sense of taste) and the trigeminal system (which includes the sense of touch in your mouth). It covers

How Gustation Works
Your Trigeminal System
Tastes in Wine -- and their Mouthfeels
Detecting Components and Cues
Component Interactions

To get a better understanding of these senses, we'll deconstruct the tasting process and put these senses in the spotlight.



Taste Evolution
We are born liking sweetness. The taste is found in...

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