Wine Tasting Tips : Smoky Aromas in Wines

By Brian Lemay No comments

Another aroma that you might smell is smoke or smoky. It can be in a white wine, a sparkling wine, or a red wine. In a white wine, smokiness, or what I call oaky smoky, or burnt sugar, is usually a reflection of being aged in oak. Not always; because there’s no such thing as […]

Wine Tasting Tips : Buttery Aromas in Wines

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If you have ever spent any amount of time around a wine lover, I’m sure you’ve heard them say that a wine tastes or smells buttery. People especially love to talk about their big, buttery Chardonnay’s, and it’s true; Chardonnay very often has a buttery aroma, and a buttery flavor. It can come across as […]

Wine Tasting Tips : What is Tannin in Wine?

By Brian Lemay 11 comments

Let’s talk about Tannin. Tannin is an acid that is found in the seeds, and skins, and stems of grapes. All grapes, but we usually talk about tannin in a red wine. A white wine can have tannin if the wine has rested on the grape seeds or skins for a while or if it […]

Wine Tasting Tips : What are Legs in Wine Tasting?

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One of the most fun steps of wine tasting is to look at the wine’s tears. Tears are also known as legs, arches, or rivulets. What they are is when the wine breaks into what looks like paint dripping down a wall, after you swirl it. Sometimes it’s hard to see, and sometimes it takes […]

Wine Tasting Tips : How to Describe a Wine’s Flavor

By Brian Lemay 6 comments

Describing a wine’s flavor is sometimes difficult for people. It doesn’t make much sense to me, because we all grew up describing food. Maybe we’ve gotten a little too lackadaisical; maybe the ways we describe food is like yuk, yum, delicious, give me more of that. We can definitely describe wine flavor like yuk, yum, […]

Wine Tasting Tips : Clarity in Wine Tasting

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One of the first steps that you should do when you’re tasting wine is look at the wine, and the first step of looking at a wine should be looking at a wine for clarity. Clarity is the ability of a wine to absorb and reflect light, and no matter what your color or style […]

Wine Tasting Tips : Steps of Wine Tasting

By Brian Lemay 3 comments

I’m going to tell you about the steps of wine tasting. People love to go wine tasting, and we talk about wine tasting all the time. Tasting actually has a few steps. The first thing in tasting a wine is you want to look at it. You look at it for many different things. You […]

Wine Tasting Tips : Color in Wine Tasting

By Brian Lemay 5 comments

After you check a wine’s clarity, if everything seems good, the next step of wine tasting is to look at the wine’s color. Wine is available in a wide variety of colors; from very light yellow to yellow gold, to maybe even a little bit of green, to pink, to salmon, to rose, to ruby […]

Wine Tasting Tips : Bitterness in Wines

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Bitterness might not sound like something that tastes good, but actually, a little bit of bitterness is a good thing. Bittersweet chocolate is not as sweet without the bitter; by the way. It’s part of an overall flavor profile, and something that you shouldn’t be afraid of in your wine. An interesting thing about bitterness […]

Wine Tasting Tips : Meniscus in Wine Tasting

By Brian Lemay 3 comments

One of the things that is very interesting to look for in a glass of wine is the wine’s meniscus. You might have heard the term meniscus before; especially if you’ve ever studied chemistry, or if you’ve ever had a problem with your knee. Chemistry and also Anatomy use the term meniscus, and in both […]

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