Log In / Join Now

Wine Spectator School

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...

Ready to enroll?

First, you must register for a membership to WineSpectator.com. Your membership benefits include:
  • FREE enrollment in any course at Wine Spectator School
  • Over 230,000 searchable ratings and tasting notes
  • FREE mobile access so you can research wines wherever you are
  • E-newsletters with advance ratings
  • Editors’ blogs
  • Food and wine matching tool
  • And much more
Log In If You're Already a WineSpectator.com Member

If you have questions about Wine Spectator School, please contact us.

Job Opportunity

Wine Spectator is hiring an assistant editor at its New York office. Get more details.

Free Email Newsletters—Sign Up

Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered

» View samples
» Or sign up now!
» Manage my newsletter preferences


The marketplace for all your wine needs, including:

Wine Storage | Wine Clubs
Dining & Travel | Wine Auctions
Wine Shops | Wine Accessories

WineRatings+ app: Download now for 340,000+ ratings.