Tasting Exercise: Alcohol Levels

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 alcohol levels in wine.


* Pour one low alcohol (9.5% to 11%) white wine with no residual sugar (Mosel Kabinett Trocken, Muscadet) and one high alcohol (14% to 16%) white wine with no residual sugar (certain New World Viogniers or Chardonnays) side by side knowing what they are, then in a blind fashion five times.  There should be a low alcohol and a high alcohol level.  Repeat five days in a row.

* Repeat exercise with a Beaujolais Villages versus a Dry Creek Zinfandel or a Sancerre Rouge versus an Amarone della Valpolicella.