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 barrel presence in wine.
* Pour a Chardonnay with no oak (AOP Chablis from a producer known to utilize stainless steel or older oak) versus a Chardonnay with oak (Premier or Grand Cru Puligny-Montrachet from a producer known to utilize oak).
* Taste side by side, knowing which one is which. Describe any notes that remind you of smells related to oak in wine: cinnamon, vanilla, cedar, coconut, dill, etc.)
*Blind taste the two wines in a “Lazy Susan” fashion five times. Repeat five days in a row.
* Repeat the same exercise with other grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Syrah, etc.