Lesson 1-Identify Wines

Know Your Wines

Before we begin, let’s go through some basic characteristics we look for in every wine. Practice these steps the next time you enjoy a glass of wine:

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Appearance Tilt the glass away from you and examine its colour and clarity.

Nose Smelling the wine is very important to wine tasting. Take a smell and try to identify the aroma.

Palate Take a sip, hold the wine in your mouth, draw some air in, swish the wine around your mouth and swallow.

Finish Describe the aftertaste. Is it sweet or bitter? Is it long and persistent, or almost non-existent?

Identify this wine.

1

Appearance Bright straw yellow

Nose Pleasant, with hints of citrus

Palate Rich and creamy, with hints of mild citrus, vanilla and oak

Finish Persistent, with lasting richness and acidity

H A R O N A
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D C Y N

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2

Appearance Gold

Nose Floral, with hints of granny smith apples

Palate Medium-dry and semi-sweet with a floral pear and apple blossom character

Finish Crisp, citrusy finish and good length.

I E L I
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S G N R

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3

Appearance Pale yellow-green

Nose Gently fragrant with apricots and a touch of spice

Palate Crisp peach flavour with a touch of star anise

Finish Smooth, dry finish

I N O G I G
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T O R P I

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4

Appearance Light red

Nose Ripe cherries and strawberries, with a hint of charred French oak

Palate Soft, rich strawberry, with a hint of dark chocolate and oak

Finish Soft, long finish, with silky tannins (tannins leave a mild bitter and dry feeling in the tongue)

P I O N O
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N I R T

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5

Appearance Deep red with hints of purple

Nose Black cherries and spice, with earthy notes

Palate Bold, rich and full-flavoured, with ripe fruits and mocha, and toasty oak overtones

Finish Velvety feel with a long finish

H A
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R S I Z

WELL DONE!

Now that you can identify a few wine varieties, it’s time to pair them to dishes. Here’s a hint: try to match the flavour profile of the wine with the dish you are serving. Remember, bolder wines go with bolder dishes, so full-bodied red wines go well with red meat.

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