The Taste And Touch Of The Wine
Organising A Tasting
The Act Of Tasting
How To Start
Look Of The Wine
The Smell Of The Wine
Making Notes, Judging Quality
Principal Wine Faults
Nose
How To Smell
Vocabulary

There are many words to describe smells, but most of us have no training, or little practice, in using them, so we have to relate a wine's smells to something similar. You will hear wines described as "floral", or "fruity" or even "vegetal".

Floral
Rose, violet, acacia, jasmine, orange blossom.

Spicy
Pepper, clove, licorice, aniseed, cinnamon.

Fruity
Lemon, grapefruit, blackcurrant, cherry, plum, peach, apricot, apple, melon, gooseberry, pineapple, lychee, raspberry.

Vegetal
Straw, undergrowth, greenery, grass, sweet pepper, mint, asparagus, olive, mushrooms.

Animal
Gamey, musky, wet wool/fur, leathery.

Woody
Resin, pine, oak, cedar, vanilla.

Burnt
Singed or roasted notes; tar, toast, coffee, caramel, smoke.

Chemical
Yeast, sulphur, nail varnish, vinegar, plastic.

Mineral
Chalky, volcanic, earthy, oily, petrolly.

Others
Nutty, honeyed, buttery, smoky.

 
Wine regions of the world.

History of wine
Choosing Wine
Keeping Wine
Serving Wine
Tasting Wine
Wine and Food
Making of Wine
Maturing Wine
Wine Terminology
Creating A Cellar
Vintages
Facts And Fallacies
Wine Glossary
Media
Reading Wine Label
Wine sellers register now
Log in to your inventory
Search Wine
Our Services
Home