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Wine Spectator School

Course: Bordeaux

Class 3: Beyond the Médoc


SIP >> Body, Flavor, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish

Complete the entire "sip" evaluation for the first wine before moving on to the next wine.



Take a sip of wine -- just enough to coat the insides of your mouth.

  • Is it thick or heavy in your mouth? Or is it fairly light?

Circle your observations on your tasting checklist.



Swish the wine around in your mouth.

The flavors in the mouth are often the same as the aromas on the nose.

  • Are the flavors the same as the aromas?
  • Do you detect any additional flavors?
  • Do you get any vanilla or toasty oak flavors from barrels?


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