Wine tasting descriptors

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The use of wine tasting descriptors allows the taster to qualitatively relate the aromas and flavors that the taster experiences and can be used in assessing the overall quality of wine. Wine writers, like Karen MacNeil author of The Wine Bible, differentiate wine tasters from casual enthusiasts; tasters attempt to give an objective description of the wine's taste (often taking a systematic approach to tasting), casual enthusiasts appreciate wine but pause their examination sooner than tasters. The primary source of a person's ability to taste wine is derived from his or her olfactory senses. A taster's own personal experiences play a significant role in conceptualizing what he or she is tasting and attaching a description to that perception. The individual nature of tasting means that descriptors may be perceived differently among various tasters.[1]

The following is an incomplete list of wine tasting descriptors and a common meaning of the terms. These terms and usage are from Karen MacNeil's 2001 edition of The Wine Bible unless otherwise noted.

A–C[edit]

D–H[edit]

I–P[edit]

R–Z[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ K. MacNeil The Wine Bible pg 98–110 Workman Publishing 2001 ISBN 1-56305-434-5
  2. ^ a b c d e f S. Walton Understanding, Choosing and Enjoying Wine pg 11 Hermes House 2006 ISBN 13579108642
  3. ^ a b MacNeil 2001, p. 862.
  4. ^ a b c MacNeil 2001, p. 863.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Wine Course Third Edition pg 16 Abbeville Press 2003 ISBN 0-7892-0883-0
  6. ^ MacNeil 2001, p. 4, 863.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i J. Robinson (ed) "The Oxford Companion to Wine" Third Edition pg 686 Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0-19-860990-6
  8. ^ a b c MacNeil 2001, p. 864.
  9. ^ a b c MacNeil 2001, p. 865.
  10. ^ http://digitaljournal.com/article/272496
  11. ^ a b c d e f MacNeil 2001, p. 866.
  12. ^ MacNeil 2001, p. 6.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g MacNeil 2001, p. 867.
  14. ^ MacNeil 2001, p. 5.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h MacNeil 2001, p. 868.
  16. ^ winepros.com.au. The Oxford Companion to Wine. "foxy". 
  17. ^ a b c MacNeil 2001, p. 869.
  18. ^ http://www.theworldwidewine.com/Glossaries/Tasting/tl.php
  19. ^ a b c d MacNeil 2001, p. 870.
  20. ^ http://www.wine-pages.com/guests/tom/riesling-petrol-2.htm
  21. ^ MacNeil 2001, p. 871.
  22. ^ a b c d MacNeil 2001, p. 872.
  23. ^ a b c MacNeil 2001, p. 873.
  24. ^ MacNeil 2001, p. 515.
  25. ^ a b c MacNeil 2001, p. 874.

References[edit]

  • MacNeil, Karen MacNeil (2001). The Wine Bible. Workman Publishing. ISBN 1-56305-434-5. 

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