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Class 2: Tasting Reds

sniff: aroma intensity and identification

SNIFF involves using your sense of smell to Identify wine aromas and to gauge their Intensity.

If you put your glass of Beaujolais to your nose and smell strawberry, it is because the same --or nearly the same-- combination of esters that makes a strawberry smell like a strawberry is also there in the wine.

Wine is capable of great aromatic complexity, and it is possible for a single wine to smell of many things -- for example, currant, plum, herbs, smoke and earth.


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