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Wine Spectator School

Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine


SIP: Acidity, Body, Flavor

SIP involves using your senses of taste, touch and smell to evaluate a wine's Taste, Body and Flavor.


How to Sip

  1. Put the glass to your lips and sip 1/4 - 1/3 ounce, just enough wine to wet the insides of your mouth.

  2. With the wine resting just behind your lower front teeth, purse your lips as if to blow out a candle and gently draw air into your mouth through the wine. You will hear a gurgling noise as you do. This aerates the wine and releases its aromas.

  3. Spit the wine into your spit cup.


Taste and Touch

  • The sense that we call "taste" has two parts:
    1. A sensation of taste -- sweet, sour/tart or bitter

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