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Wine Spectator School

Class 9: Winegrowing and Winemaking

sip: taste, body, flavor


Taste and Body

  1. Sip, swish and spit each wine.
    • Is the unoaked Chardonnay firmer, more acidic than the oaked? Livelier on the palate?
    • Does the oaked Chardonnay have a softer, fuller body than the unoaked? More alcohol? Any creamy sensations in the mouth?



  • Do the flavors of each wine echo their respective aromas?

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