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How To Smell

First smell the wine when it is still before you swirl it in the glass then swirl it around and smell it again immediately after swirling, as the wine settles. There is usually a difference between these two states, especially with finer, more mature wines.

Wines made from noble grape varieties have particularly distinct smells: Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, reminds most people of blackcurrants, Gewurztraminer of lychees and Turkish delight. Grape variety is the first thing to try to identify when "nosing" a wine.
The most frequently found non-grape smells are those of the wood in which the wine has been aged particularly those associated with new oak: cedar, vanilla and caramel for example.

Winetasters, when smelling, use a combination of short and deeper sniffs, very gentle and also much sharper sniffs. Think about what the smells remind you of.

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