Have you been interested in stepping into the world of wine tasting but been afraid to do it on your own?
Do you want to know what is meant by mouthfeel and finish?
Would you like to know what they heck they’re talking about in the wine.woot forums when they mention vintage, horizontal, vertical, barreling, cellaring, fermenting, tannins… heck, I’ll just stop there.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the same boat I am. I’ve decided to remedy this situation by learning more about wine tasting. A little background, my wine education is sadly lacking. I did tour some wineries while living in Washington state in the 1990s. I prefer whites and really haven’t given red wines a chance. Red wine will be my big challenge during this adventure.
So please, don’t leave me hanging. Help me out and join me over the next several weeks as we explore Wine Tasting for Newbies at wine.woot.
In this thread, we’ll read about wine tasting, talk about wine tasting, and learn about wine tasting. We have plenty of experienced people in the wine.woot community that I’m sure will join us to lend their expertise.
To guide the discussion along in a coherent manner, I’m reading and will be following the book Essential Winetasting by Michael Schuster (US 2011 reprint, note this is the book, not the course).
I chose this book for a few reasons:
• Good Reviews – Granted it’s only a few but they all liked it
• Color & Pictures – If you’re going to tell me how a wine should look, it's best to show me. I need to see what you’re talking about.
Following the contents of this book, the first few discussions will be about sight, smell, taste and tasting, words and qualities, and finally, values.
Next comes the vineyard, the grape, dry white wine, sweet white wine, red wine, oak, and winemakers.
After that, we’ll see how things go. We may even change course along the way if needed.
If you’d like to join, feel free to grab the book and follow along or just join in for the discussion. I think both will be informative.
Various discussions start at these posts.
Taste and Tasting
I’ll be adding to this section as things come up.
Wine Tasting Glossary of Terms
A Cat Died in My Mouth! (or) How To Develop The Professional Palate YOU Want!
Previous wine.woot forum. Thanks Kyle!
Here, kitty kitty / Wine critics love cat pee, but hate wet dog. We explain why.
Great article on wine smells. Thanks chemvictim!
Wine Serving Temperature for Red & White Wines
Wine Serving Temperatures
MarkDaSpark adds tips for Orange Wine.