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Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine



SEE: Clarity, Color, Intensity, Legs
  • A wine's color is largely determined by the grape variety: White wines can be green, straw, gold or amber (lightest to darkest).

  • Color can also tell you things about the age and the health of a wine. A young white wine's color should be lighter rather than darker, and may frequently have a greenish tinge to it.

  • Over time, the color of a white wine will evolve toward amber. A young white wine that is amber-colored is probably spoiled.

 

 
EXAMINING COLOR

Pinot Grigio


1. Pick up your glass of Pinot Grigio and tilt it away from you at a 45-degree angle.

2. Look at the core -not the edge- of the wine. Make sure the backdrop is white: a napkin, tablecloth...

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