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During the olfactory analysis of wine, the sommeliers often evoke bizarre scents, that make them sound like aliens, a bit boastful.

Let me make some example: the scent of some New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon, reminds us of green pepper salad, we then describe the Rhine Riesling Mosel as wines with a strong smell of hydrocarbons and gunpowder, and in red wines, aged in barrels for a long time, we can perceive hints of nail polish. At the height of strangeness, in some French wines, particularly in Sauvignon blanc, we smell "cat pee".

Wine smells like cat pee or nail polish

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wine tasting. visual examination - the color of the wine

wine tasting. visual examination - the color of the wine

In the wine tasting, during the visual examination of wine, after checking the brilliance, which provides information on the wine quality, and the texture, watching the tears and the arches, should be found information on the evolution of the wine, assessing the color.

 the colour of the wine by ilvinoconadri.com

The color of the wine provides a lot of information.

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WINE TASTING: VISUAL EXAMINATION - brightness, tears and archs

The journey to discover wine tasting begins in the glass.
Already at first sight the wine speaks of itself, of its history. It’s like the first encounter with a handsome stranger. I do not know who he is, but his look is familiar to me and, at first sight, I can make assumptions.

The brightness

Firstly I should check if my wine has an attractive, bright and pleasant color. A little dull or matt color can be a warning, because it indicates oxidation: my wine may have been improperly stored or it have reached the end of its history. When I am at the restaurant, if I am served with a wine whose color is bad, I should check immediately its scent and, often, I do not even need to taste it to send it back firmly.


The texture

Swirling the glass, the wine creates tears and arches, that give us some information on the texture of the wine. An aged wine, that is a bit denser, will leave thick, viscous streaks (called legs or tears) down the sides of the glass when swirled. When the tears are slow and the arches are thick and tight , the wine has a great texture.

However, if the tears are fast and the arches are wide, such as with still water, probably the wine is young and has not been stored in barrel.


In the next post I will talk about which information provides the color of the wine during the visual examination.




italian wine by WineAdri / ilvinoconAdri
The Italian coast, dotted with fashionable beaches, have cool and windy hills too, where the vine grows luxuriantly.
Depending on the region or the place where you go on vacation, you can find, even looking on the web, a winery to contact for a half day visit.
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Wineadri: about me and my wine-web project

I’m Adri, sommelier, official wine taster. I’d like to share my passion, because learning how to taste wine is a tool to discover the world and promote a lifestyle.

The idea of my wine-web project is to spread the curiosity of tasting wine, because everyone can afford a bottle of wine, also a very expensive one, but only those who have mastered the techniques of tasting, will be able to really enjoy it, appreciating the multiple shades of pleasure that wine can give.


Wine Tasting is the sensory examination and evaluation of wine. A sensory examination concern visual, smell and taste-olfactory examination. Learn to taste means to sample the wine carefully, connect the sensations perceived with its history and its evolution and especially learn to express an opinion not conditioned by own preferences.

People reaction, while attending a wine tasting course, are astonishment, admiration and mostly scepticism. Many even think that to be able to taste it’s pointless! They don’t know that learn to taste wine has several advantages:

  • The right match between wine and food can enhance the dining experience. Wine and food can combine to give your palate great pleasure, but if the pairing clash, the experience will underwhelm and disappoint.
  • Buy an expensive bottle of wine, without knowledge of tasting techniques, doesn’t allow the full satisfaction that wine can offer. It's like buying a Ferrari and have no clue on driving.
  • Save money when purchasing wine. Knowing how to choose the right wine, you'll find bottles of excellent quality at a great price.
  • Order wine with confidence. You won't waste time at the supermarket to buy a good bottle.

    VINITALY 2015

    22-25 Marzo 2015, Verona

    We are at Vinitaly to See, Swirl, Snif, Sip and Savour.

    Vinitaly is the main event for wine's industries, more than 4,000 exhibitors, 155,000 visitors, including 56,000 foreign visitors from 120 countries . Four days of great events , exhibitions , tastings and targeted workshops to encourage exhibiting cellars operators in the sector, together with a rich conference program that addresses and examines themes related to the supply and demand in Italy , Europe and in the rest of the world .

    Here the link to the site of the event , which takes place on March 22 to 25 in Verona: www.vinitaly.com

    Siamo a Vinitaly perdegustare i vini di tutto il mondo.
    Vinitaly è la principale manifestazione di riferimento del settore vinicolo, oltre 4 mila espositori, 155 mila visitatori, dei quali 56.000 esteri provenienti da 120 Paesi.
    Quattro giorni di grandi eventi, rassegne, degustazioni e workshop mirati all'incontro delle cantine espositrici con gli operatori del comparto, assieme ad un ricco programma convegnistico che affronta ed approfondisce i temi legati alla domanda ed offerta in Italia, Europa e nel resto del mondo.
    Per approfondimenti vi lascio il link al sito dell'evento, che si svolge dal 22 al 25 Marzo a Verona:  www.vinitaly.com