Course: Understanding Wine

Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine



SNIFF: Aroma Intensity and Identification

Identification involves swirling and sniffing the wine and giving a name to each aroma. Of all the steps in tasting wine, identification is the most involved, and takes a bit of practice to master. The following guidelines will help you through the process as you develop your skill at identification:

  • Use your tasting journal - it lists many possible aromas that are characteristic of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, and breaks them into general categories ("Citrus", "Tree Fruit", etc.) and specific aromas ("Lemon", "Apple", etc.).
     
  • Keep in mind that the order of presentation doesn't mean that you'll smell a wine's aromas in this order, nor does it mean that you'll smell aromas from every category; if you...
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