Course: Understanding Wine

Class 2: Tasting Reds




SIP: Taste, Body, Flavor

Body is the sensation within the mouth of weight and thickness. The components in wine that contribute to body include alcohol, extract, sugar and tannin.

 

 
TASTING FOR BODY

Beaujolais

  1. Take a sip and feel its weight and thickness as you swish it around your mouth, but don't swallow or spit.
  2. Would you describe the wine's body as light? Medium? Full?
  3. Swallow your sip and pay attention to the sensations in the back of your throat. Do you feel any "heat" from alcohol?
  4. Note the Beaujolais' body on your Worksheet.

 
Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Swirl the Cabernet. What do its legs indicate about body and alcohol level?
  2. Sip and swish the wine, feeling its weight and thickness as you do; don't swallow or spit.
  3. Is it light-bodied? Medium? Full-bodied?
  4. Swallow...
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