Course: Understanding Wine
Class 4: Major Regional Varieties
sip: taste, body, flavor
- Sip, swish and spit your Viognier.
- Notice that it is dry - no perceptible sweetness - and not as refreshing or mouth watering as the Pinot Grigio you tasted in Class One. This is because Viognier's acidity is considerably lower than Pinot Grigio's.
- Note its acidity on your worksheet.
- Now sip, swish and spit your Gewürztraminer.
- Notice that, like the Viognier, the Gewürztraminer is also softer and less acidic than Pinot Grigio.
- Circle the Gewürztraminer acidity on your worksheet.
- Gewürztraminer, like Viognier, is usually fermented dry.
- California vintners sometimes make Gewürztraminer in an off-dry style. This slight hint of sweetness contributes to the wine's softness and helps fills out its body.
- Sip, swish and swallow the Viognier and evaluate its body.
- Note your observations on the Tasting Worksheet.
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