Tasting Guide

Perhaps this guy from Clos Pegase sniffed and sipped a bit too much?

What’s that Smell I Taste?

For me, it’s easier to remember a wine if I can explain it in words.  This can be hard.  If you’re not paying close attention – or if you are a couple glasses in – you may find yourself describing the wine as “red” and/or “wet.”  Below are a list of aromas I’ve commonly come across.  Look them over as you smell and taste your wine.  Pay attention to what words jump out at you, or if there are other aromas not listed here that occur to you.  There are no wrong answers, which is one more reason why I heart wine.  

Earth

  • mushroom
  • forest floor
  • barnyard
  • rain
  • leather
  • oak
  • dirt
  • flowers (rose, geranium, violet, jasmine, orange blossom)
  • petrichor (the smell of rain)
  • peat
  • rock (limestone, calcium, clay, mineral, salt)
  • forest fire
  • dried leaves
  • ocean

Fruit

  • raspberry
  • cassis
  • blackberry
  • pear
  • blueberry
  • tomato
  • grapefruit
  • apple
  • grape (red, green)
  • cherry
  • plum
  • orange
  • strawberry
  • lemon
  • lime
  • apricot
  • melon
  • pineapple
  • blood orange
  • banana
  • papaya
  • guava
Other Food
  • honey
  • cherry cola
  • licorice
  • bacon
  • chocolate
  • vanilla
  • toast
  • bread
  • pumpernickel
  • green pepper
  • lemon grass
  • cheese
  • circus peanuts
  • Captain Crunch
  • butter
  • almond
  • egg
  • butterscotch
  • spice (lavender, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, dill, black pepper, all spice)
  • molasses

Other, Other

  • yeast
  • tire
  • cigar
  • campfire
  • tobacco
  • pipe
  • cough drop
  • band aid
  • tennis ball
  • rubbing alcohol
  • juicy fruit gum
  • sock/foot
  • metal
  • ammonia
  • old book
  • wet cardboard
  • wet towel
  • blown out match
  • gasoline
Have I missed something?  Send me a message to set me straight!

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