Introduction to wine tasting
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Introduction to wine tasting
Nikolay Hotelier, 18 December 2012

TOHOLOGY visited Michael W. Pleitgen’s lecture dedicated to wine tasting. Michael Pleitgen has been working in the wine industry for 35 years; he is the founder and owner of Weinakademie Berlin. Since this year Mr. Pleitgen also teaches at the hospitality business school SWISSAM.

Michael W. Pleitgen

How to taste wine? There are three main points:

  1. Look
  2. Smell
  3. Taste

Systematic approach to wine tasting

Name of wine: ...
Producer: ...
Vintage: ...
Quality: ...
Price: ...

Appearance

  1. Clarity: clear / hazy
  2. Intensity: pale / medium / deep
  3. Colour: 
  • white: lemon / gold / amber
  • rose: pink / salmon / orange
  • red: purple / ruby / garnet / tawny

Nose

  1. Condition: clean / unclean
  2. Intensity: light / medium / pronounced
  3. Aroma-characteristics: fruits / flowers / spices / vegetables / oak aroma / others
  4. Main aromas:

Palate

  1. Sweetness: dry / off-dry / medium / sweet
  2. Acidity: low / medium / high
  3. Tannin: low / medium / high
  4. Body: light / medium / full
  5. Flavour-characteristics: fruits / flowers / spices / vegetables / oak aroma / others
  6. Main flavours:
  7. Finish: short / medium / long

Conclusions

  • Quality: faulty / poor / acceptable / good / very good / outstanding
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