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Class 3: Thinking and Talking Wine


The final step in the tasting process is evaluation.

For the casual consumer, the summary can be as simple as "yum" or "yuck."

When it comes to evaluation, wine experts synthesize many of the parameters that we've covered in the previous classes. This module recaps the following parameters:

Aroma, Flavor, Taste and Mouthfeel
Ability to Mature
Wine Flaws



We've already covered these features extensively. In summation, they should be pleasant and harmonious.

Considered individually and together, there should be nothing disjointed or off about these features.

(We'll discuss wine flaws later in this module.)




A wine is balanced when the fruit and all the structural components--sugars, alcohol, acidity and tannins--are in harmony. They are integrated and...

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