Course: Understanding Wine

Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

SIP: Acidity, Body, Flavor

Body is the sensation within the mouth of weight and thickness.

Body is easily understood by relating it to milk: If you think of skim milk as "light-bodied," then by comparison, whole milk is "medium-bodied" and cream is "full-bodied."



Pinot Grigio

  1. Sip and swish the Pinot Grigio, feeling its weight and thickness as you move the wine around in your mouth.

  2. Keeping the milk analogy in mind, how would you describe its body?
    Is it light? Medium? Full?

  3. Spit the wine and note its body on your tasting journal.


  1. Sip and swish the Chardonnay, noting its weight and thickness.

  2. Is it light-bodied? Medium? Full?

  3. Spit the wine and mark your journal.


  • Which of the two wines has the fuller body?
    (Pinot Grigio is normally lighter...
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