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Class 1: Tasting Prep

setting the table

Before a wine tasting, some basic preparation will help your senses get the most they can out of the wine. You'll need to choose stemware, chill the wine and pull the cork.


Choosing Stemware


The best type of stemware is:


Stemware should be clean, odor-free and free of soap residue. A trace of soap can make a good wine taste terrible.

The glass itself should be clear and colorless so you can evaluate the wine's color.

For still wines, the stemware should be tulip-shaped, with a bowl that's wider than the rim. A narrower rim concentrates the aromas in the glass so you can smell them more...

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