Bordeaux Chateaux & Their Different Wines

Bordeaux Chateaux & Their Different Wines

The word Chateau may conjure up images of a French Country Manor or castle Although by the traditional definition, this may be correct, in the wine industry a Chateau may refer to any building where wine is produced to Begin to decipher one Chateau from the next, it’s important to start with the Bordeaux classification Read more about Bordeaux Chateaux & Their Different Wines[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Elements of Flavor in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Elements of Flavor in Wines

There’s something that I like to use to talk about wine and wine tasting, and that is the elements of wine flavor. Flavor is something very easy to talk about. It can be fruity, or spicy, or floral, or meaty, or tomatoey, or garlicky. However, when we think of what makes up those different flavors, Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Elements of Flavor in Wines[…]

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

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

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, Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : How to Describe a Wine’s Flavor[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Mineral Aromas in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Mineral Aromas in Wines

Mineral aromas are highly prized in wine. They’re a little bit misunderstood, but you shouldn’t be afraid of a wine that smells a little bit like wet sand, wet stone, a river bank, chalk, flint, steel, flint striking steel, lead pencil, or graphite. These are highly regarded aromas. They’re generally considered to be derived from Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Mineral Aromas in Wines[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Buttery Aromas in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Buttery Aromas in Wines

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 Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Buttery Aromas in Wines[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Yeasty Aromas in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Yeasty Aromas in Wines

It probably won’t surprise you that we can get the aromas of yeast in wine. Yeasty aromas or bouquets are present in a lot of wines, and the reason; yeast plus grapes equals wine. It’s a major part of wine production. A sparkling wine yeasty aroma should be very, very forward. You should get them Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Yeasty Aromas in Wines[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Vegetable Aromas in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Vegetable Aromas in Wines

Another category of aromas that you can get in a wine is vegetal; otherwise known as vegetable; otherwise known as vegetative. Some of these aromas are green bean, asparagus, green olive, artichoke, spinach, cut green grass. They may sound a little strange; however, they make a nice appearance in wine. In a white wine, you Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Vegetable Aromas in Wines[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Caramel Aromas in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Caramel Aromas in Wines

I bet caramel in wine sounds good. It does, and you can definitely smell some caramel in your wine. You might smell caramel, burnt sugar, cooking sugar, maple or sweetness in a wine, so we can just call that caramel. The caramel term is also used for a category of wine aromas that are kind Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Caramel Aromas in Wines[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Identifying Balance in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Identifying Balance in Wines

One of the most important things in a wines flavor is balance. Another way of saying balance is saying harmony. In other words whatever the wine is made up of should be in a nice easy balance or form a nice harmonious whole. If we talk about the elements of wine flavor, we’re usually talking Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Identifying Balance in Wines[…]

Wine Tasting Tips : Spicy Aromas in Wines

Wine Tasting Tips : Spicy Aromas in Wines

The smell of spice is one of my favorite smells in wines. You usually get the smell of a spice at the top of a glass. Spice can actually be from the grape, or from the production, so we can probably use either the term aroma or bouquet to talk about spices. White wine very Read more about Wine Tasting Tips : Spicy Aromas in Wines[…]