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 acid levels in wine.
* Try a Napa Valley Chardonnay versus a Premier Cru Chablis side by side, then in a blind fashion five times. There should be a medium and a high acid level. Repeat five days in a row.
* Try a Napa Valley Viognier versus a Mosel Riesling side by side knowing what they are, then in a blind fashion five times. Repeat five days in a row.
* Or, put all four in one flight. Focus on acid impression only.
* Try the same exercise with:
Barossa Valley Shiraz versus Cornas
Napa Valley Merlot versus Washington State Merlot
Gigondas versus Sardinian Cannonau
* Try the same exercise with the same wine from different vintages: one hotter and one cooler.
* If you are having issues, try sucking a lemon (high acid) versus chewing a cantaloupe melon (medium low acid). Taste and cement impressions.