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Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

SEE: Clarity, Color, Intensity, Legs
  1. Imagine a pitcher of Concord grape juice.
  2. Now, add a cup of water to it and see what happens: The juice is still purple, but it's a paler shade of purple now -- not as dark as before.
  3. Add another cup of water, and the juice becomes even paler.
  • Intensity refers not to color itself, but to the concentration of color: The more concentrated a wine's color, the higher its intensity.

  • A wine with high intensity of color is referred to as "dark"; low intensity, "pale"; in between, "medium".

  • Intensity is important because it offers a visual clue to a wine's makeup: Generally, the more intense a wine's color, the more flavorful and full-bodied it is.



Pinot Grigio

  1. Look at your glass...

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