My goal while learning about different wines is to become proficient in all of the aspects of tasting. There are a plethora of tasting exercises that can be completed to help accomplish this goal. This week I will be focusing on learning about viscosity determining the different fruit categories found in wine. I will be keeping in mind that not everyone tastes the exact same fruit. I will be starting with bigger, broader categories and narrowing in on smaller, more specific fruits.
* Create a chart (example Dr. Ann Noble’s Wine Aroma Wheel) with super categories first.
* Try to fill in the next sub-category. Then, try to fill in the further sub-categories. Do this for all the categories you can think of.
* For example: Fruit – Citrus Fruit – Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Lime – (Grapefruit) Pink Grapefruit, Yellow Grapefruit
* To memorize, give yourself a large category like fruit, vegetable, earth, floral, etc. and try to fill in the sub-categories by memory until it becomes rote.
* Create this in a blind smelling situation. Have someone set a similar progression in glasses and blind smell you on them. (Link to last week’s tasting exercise.)