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Comment by Limo Chick on May 5, 2008 at 9:11am
Looks like i'm the first one here so I will start off with a little wine knowledge on tasting wine and you can add to it.
The three steps in wine tasting are: Look, Smell, and Taste.

You can tell much about a wine simply by studying its appearance. The wine should be poured into a
clear glass and held in front of a white background so that you can examine the color.

The color of wine varies tremendously, even within the same type of wine. For example, white wines are
not actually white; they range from green to yellow to brown. More color in a white wine usually indicates
more flavor and age. Where as time improves many red wines, it ruins most white wines. Red wines are
not just red; they range from a pale red to a deep brown red, usually becoming lighter in color as they age.

Rim colour: You can guess the age of a red wine by observing its "rim." Tilt the glass slightly and look at
the edge of the wine. A purple tint may indicate youth while orange to brown indicates maturity.

Swirling: Swirling the wine serves many purposes, but allows you to visually observe the body of the
wine. "Good legs" may indicate a thicker body and a higher alcohol content or sweetness level.

Swirl your wine. This releases molecules in the wine into the air allowing you to smell the aroma, also
called the bouquet or nose. After you smell the wine, concentrate on the aroma.

The most important quality of a wine is its balance between sweetness and acidity. To get the full taste of
a wine follow the following three steps:
1. Taste: Slosh the wine around and draw in some air. Examine the body and texture of the wine.
2. Aftertaste: The taste that remains in your mouth after you have swallowed the wine.
3. After tasting the wine, take a moment to evaluate its overall flavor and balance.
Comment by Jesse Martinez on May 18, 2008 at 2:41pm
Thanks Limo Chick. I enjoyed your post. It was very informative.
Comment by Sariah on June 7, 2008 at 9:53am
Any east coast/southern sommelier program recommendations? I am leaning towards the program at PCI, but I live in SC... not CA! I don't want to sacrifice the quality of the program for convenience in location, but if there is a quality school closer to me, I would certainly prefer that.
Comment by Margie Tosch on June 23, 2008 at 6:53am
Only the Court of Master Sommeliers can grant the title of MasteR Sommelier, although there are more and more other types of Sommelier course out there. Here is a link to FAQs from the Master Court.

Here is a link to an article in the LA Times about becoming a Sommelier as well.

Good luck Sariah!
Comment by Margie Tosch on July 17, 2008 at 8:50am
Take our survey on the benefits of wine certification.
Comment by James Bogaty on November 25, 2008 at 5:28pm
Veramar Vineyard does wine tasting 101 at winery every quarter. the 4 S's.
Comment by Alexa on January 15, 2009 at 4:44pm
Hi all,
I am currently employed in lovely Salt Lake City as a wine rep (you can only imagine how many hoops I get to jump through on a daily basis) and although I love Ut and all of it's great outdoor recreation, I love even more the great Northwest. I am planning on relocating in the summer/fall of '09 and would love any advice or contacts that you may have. I am mostly looking for work around the Bend, OR area but would consider other areas too. Merci! Alexa
Comment by Margie Tosch on February 11, 2009 at 12:08pm
Interesting wine quizzes (three levels) - see how you do!
Comment by Sandrew Montgomery on February 13, 2009 at 12:24pm
I am the Sonomalier and have been since 1982!
Comment by Margie Tosch on February 17, 2009 at 9:24am
Another interesting wine education website. Not fancy, but lots of tools, etc.

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