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Class 2: Tasting Reds

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 develop your skill at identification:

  • Use your Tasting Worksheet - it lists many possible aromas that are characteristic of Gamay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and breaks them into general categories ("Berry," "Tree Fruit," etc.) and specific aromas ("Strawberry", "Cherry," 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....

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