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Class 2: Tasting Reds

sip: taste, body, flavor

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

How to Sip


  • The sense that we call "taste" has two parts:
    1. A sensation of taste-sweet, sour/tart or bitter-which is perceived by the taste buds, and
    2. related feelings (mouthfeel) in the mouth.
  • Because both occur simultaneously, we do not usually think of the sensation of taste as different from mouthfeel.

  • When tasting wine, we usually perceive sweet first, followed by tart and finally bitter.
  • In the white wines of Class One, acidity was the dominant taste. In...

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