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Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

SNIFF: Aroma Intensity and Identification
  • When we smell a wine's aromas, we begin by first judging their intensity.
  • Intensity is the answer to the question, "How powerful or faint are the aromas?"
  • Try to do the following process in a single sniff per wine; form an impression and go on to the next step. Remember that, like any skill, you will improve at this with experience.



Pinot Grigio

  1. Swirl and sniff the Pinot Grigio.
  2. Are the aromas powerful? Do they seem to pour out of the glass and immediately fill your nose?
  3. Or are they faint, maybe even hard to detect?
  4. On your tasting journal, circle the intensity that most closely describes the Pinot Grigio's aromas.


  1. Swirl and sniff the Chardonnay.
  2. Are the aromas powerful, faint or somewhere in-between?
  3. Note...

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