Course: Understanding Wine

Class 2: Tasting Reds

SIP: Acidity, Body, Flavor

A wine's flavors should echo its aromas. When you identify a flavor in your wine, underline the flavor on your tasting checklist; aromas will be circled and flavors will be underlined.




  1. Sip, swish and aerate the Beaujolais.

  2. Do the flavors you detect match the aromas you sensed when you sniffed the wine?

  3. Spit the wine and underline the flavors on your Tasting Worksheet.

  4. Repeat as necessary.

  5. Did you detect flavors that you didn't find as aromas?

  6. How intense are the flavors? Mark your Worksheet.


Cabernet Sauvignon
  1. Sip, swish and aerate the Cabernet Sauvignon.

  2. Spit; underline the flavors on the Worksheet.

  3. Repeat as necessary.

    • Do the flavors match the aromas? Did you find flavors that you didn't detect as aromas?

    • How intense are...
Ready to enroll? First, you must register for a membership to Your membership benefits include:

FREE enrollment in any course at Wine Spectator School

Over 230,000 searchable ratings and tasting notes

FREE mobile access so you can research wines wherever you are

E-newsletters with advance ratings

Editors’ blogs

Food and wine matching tool

And much more

Log In If You're Already a Member

Please log in using your email address and password for Wine Spectator School students who enrolled before 7.4.10, log in with your email address and school password or get more info here.

Forgot Password?

By clicking "Log in" you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Wine Spectator Online

Read our FAQ for more information

If you have questions about Wine Spectator School, please contact us.


= members only

Keep me logged in      Forgot Password?

Job Opportunities

Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator magazine is looking for an enthusiastic copy editor in the New York office.

Email Newsletters

Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered

» View samples
» Or sign up now!
» Manage my newsletter preferences