WINE TASTING,Technical,Scientific,and Learned

The information here is provided courtesy of  Ann, and excerpts from Ann’s published & copyrighted material are published with her permission. 

Ann C. Noble

Ann C. Noble Expert in taste & Sensory Chemistry

WINE TASTING: Ann is a sensory chemist and a retired professor from the University of California, Davis.  Ann developed the “Wine Aroma Wheel” while teaching there.  Wine aroma wheels in English and 8 other languages (and sparkling wine aroma wheels in English) are available at:


“Initially, most people can’t recognize or describe aromas so the purpose of the wheel is to provide terms to describe wine aromas.”
The wheel has very general terms located in the center (e.g. fruity or spicy), going to the most specific terms outside

Wine Aroma Wheel

Wine Aroma Wheel

the center (such as strawberry or clove). These terms are NOT the only words that can be used to describe wines, but represent ones that are most often encountered Easy to use and understand, it will enhance your whole wine experience.”

Go to Ann’s web site to view the Aroma wheel at a larger size.



Steve Baum

Steve Baum

Steve Baum, Wine-Taster,
About barrel-tasting

Steve is a gifted Wine-Taster
It’s interesting to listen to someone practiced and skilled at tasting and judging wines. Steve Baum is a retired senior executive who is a super-taster and passionate about wines; every year he tastes thousands of new wines in barrels (often more than a hundred new wines a day when touring for a wine group that has a large cellar!) when wines are so young that to an inexperienced taster they taste acidic, and bitter. Most folks palates would feel like the bottom of a bird cage looks.

A discussion with Steve
I asked Steve how he could predict how well a wine would taste when barrel tasting. After all, the wines will age more, changing a great deal, and remain in the barrel many months after he has tasted them. He said repeat visits, and barrel tasting at the same wineries every year help him determine that. Steve knows from tasting each wine from an individual estate tastes after barreling and then when bottled and even later how it has aged. So it is difficult to learn needing years of experience as well as a great palate and a deep understanding of the wines a particular winemaker crafts.
Steve said, not many people can learn to barrel taste readily because you only learn by repeat visits to same estates year after year, and tasting wines of the same type, same estate each year, from the barrels; The skill cannot be learned otherwise.

Making Barrels

Making Barrels

Wine tastings are a great way to learn about wines without having to buy several bottles. You can find out whether you really like a wine without depending upon recommendations from friends or newspapers and magazines. What they recommend may not be what you enjoy.
Wine stores, restaurants, hotels, individual winemakers, and distributors of wines conduct tastings often and if you live in a highly populated area it saves you traveling to wineries far from where you live.
We attend wine tastings often, learning more about wines and winemakers, and how they grow grapes and make their wine. Interesting to listen to someone knowledgeable about a particular region, or wine.

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