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Tasting wine is easy, but mapping what we taste onto someone else's criteria less so. Doing this in a systematic and consistent way can sometimes be challenging, especially when it's a systematic approach developed by an organisation with exams you want to pass...

Although this blog has been started by and for students at various stages of the WSET (Wine & Spirits Educational Trust) syllabus it's open to any wine lovers anywhere. The only condition is that you use the same systemic approach to tasting as us. That's WSET Level 3 and upwards.

So, send us an email and we'll put you on the user list!

We'll also send you a copy of the tasting approach if you don't have it already.

Happy tasting!

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Villa Maria Rose 2007 Private Bin

(viewed 627 times)
Region: New Zealand, Hawkes Bay
Producer: Villa Maria
13.5% abv
Supplier: Tesco

Appearance:
Very dark pink
Medium finish

Nose
Clean, mellow
Warm summer fruits, jam, slight vanilla

Palate
Full flavoured, medium dry
Alcohol: medium+
Acidity: medium
Tannins: light
Easy drinking, soft finish
Conclusions
Excellent example
Price £
Great with hours dâ?? oeuvres, as an aperitif
Ready to drink now
30th Mar 2008, 10:33   comments (2)

Hardys Crest Chardonnay - Sauvignon Blanc 2007

(viewed 1257 times)
Region: Australia, SE Australia
Producer: Hardys
13.0% abv
Supplier: all major wine merchants and supermarkets

Appearance:
Light gold colour
Long legging

Nose
Full â?? oak, vanilla, tropical fruit

Palate
Full-bodied
Alcohol: medium+
Acidity: light
Tannins: medium
Although quite heavy, easy to drink, melon, peach, mango
Long finish
Conclusions
Good example
Price £
Perfect for relaxation
Ready to drink now
30th Mar 2008, 10:33   comments (1)

Echo Falls White Zinfandel 2006

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Region: USA, California, Central Valley
Producer: Mission Bell Winery
10.5% abv
Supplier: all major wine merchants and supermarkets

Appearance:
Light pink colour
Medium legging, leaves a gold rim

Nose
Clean, soft
Strawberries, red cherries, penicillin, petrol

Palate
Medium dry
Alcohol: medium, although you donâ??t really notice
Acidity: light
Tannins: light
Juicy with fruit, mouth watering
Medium finish
Conclusions
Great example of a Californian rosé
Price £
Best with summer salads, veggie cuisine
Ready to drink now
30th Mar 2008, 10:32   comments (0)

Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rose

(viewed 994 times)
Region: Australia, Barossa Valley
Producer: Jacobs Creek
bottle fermented, 11.5% abv
Supplier: all major wine merchants and supermarkets

Appearance:
Pretty pink colour
Nice, tight bubbles

Nose
Clean, soft
Fresh berries, strawberries, slight whiff of petrol

Palate
Dry
Alcohol: medium
Acidity: medium
Tannins: light
Thirst quenching, mouth watering, fresh berry fruits
Medium finish
Conclusions
Excellent example
Price £
Ideal for long summer evenings sitting round a bbq
Ready to drink now
30th Mar 2008, 10:32   comments (1)

Roggeri 2003

(viewed 672 times)
Region: Italy, Barolo DC
Producer: Oberto Marco
14.0% abv
Supplier: Ciabot Berton

Appearance:
Clear, crimson with transparent rim
Long legging that stays on the glass for ages

Nose
Clean, pronounced but light
Red fruits, bitter almonds, bitter sugar, subtle strawberry
Intense, well developed

Palate
Medium dry
Alchohol: medium - medium+
Acidity: medium
Tannins: medium+
Mouth watering cinnamon, spice, red fruits
Very long finishConclusions
Good example
Premium price
Mouthwatering with some lovely notes but may well become even better balanced in time
Ready to drink but probably better in a year or so
10th Jan 2008, 22:30   comments (2)

Casa Nueva Cabernet Sauvignon, Family Reserve 2001

(viewed 4052 times)
Region: Molina, Chile
Producer: Casa Nueva
14.0% abv
Supplier: International Wine Forwarding Ltd

Appearance: Extremely dark red, almost blue, long tears

Nose: Heavy, full of oak, vanilla
(aged 2 years in French barrique)

Palate: Dry
Black cherries, plums
Acidity: Light
Tannins: Heavy

Conclusions: Will come to itâ??s own in a few more years
Good wine to store
(£15+)
10th Dec 2007, 22:14   | tags:,,,comments (6)

Muller Thurgau, Late Harvest 2003

(viewed 2559 times)
Region: Moravia, Czech Republic
Producer: Pavlov Winery
12.5% abv
Supplier: J M Cullen Wines & Spirits Ltd

Appearance: Light yellowy-green, medium tears

Nose: Clean, citrusy
Limes, lemons, green grapes

Palate: Medium sweet
Acidity: High
Tannins: Light
Butter, honey, lemon, toast

Conclusions: Excellent now
(£10-£15)
10th Dec 2007, 22:06   | tags:,,,comments (2)

NV Malmesy Madeira 10 Year Old

(viewed 2156 times)
Region: Madeira, Portugal
DOC
Producer: Henriques & Henriques
20.0% abv
Supplier: Mentzendorff & Co Ltd

Appearance:
Clear, deep brown with lemon yellow rim
Serious legging

Nose
Clean, pronounced
Confectionery, toffee, burned toffee, coffee
Intense, powerful, fully developed

Palate
Sweet
Alchohol: fortified
Acidity: medium+
Tannins: medium+
Coffee, burned caramel, smokey
Long finish

Conclusions
Good example
Premium price
Ready to drink (but wouldn't change for a while)
10th Dec 2007, 19:43   comments (0)