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Wine Spectator School

Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

SUMMARIZE: Finish, Balance, Complexity


A wine that has many different aromas and flavors is called "complex."

In particular, a wine is complex if, each time you take a sip, you discover another layer or nuance of flavor or the flavors evolve over the length of time the wine is in the mouth.

By definition, all "great" wines are highly complex. In contrast, a wine with few aromas and flavors is called "simple."

Wine doesn't have to be complex to be enjoyable - many simple wines are very pleasurable to drink. A complex wine, however, will always be considered higher in quality.



Pinot Grigio

  1. Sip, swish and swallow the Pinot Grigio.
    • Do you notice more and more layers of aroma and flavor, or is it a simple,...

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