Wine Tasting

  1. Keith Grainger

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301687.ch1

Wine Quality: Tasting and Selection

Wine Quality: Tasting and Selection

How to Cite

Grainger, K. (2009) Wine Tasting, in Wine Quality: Tasting and Selection, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301687.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405113663

Online ISBN: 9781444301687



  • wine tasting and laboratory analysis - two basic ways;
  • wine-tasting skills;
  • wine quality - tasting and selection;
  • history of winemaking and history of wine tasting;
  • good wine taster and developing wine-tasting skills;
  • tasting wines using sense of sight, smell, taste and touch;
  • organoleptical analysis of wines and appropriate tasting environment;
  • appropriate equipment for tasting wine and suitable tasting glass criteria;
  • temperature of wines for tasting;
  • wine assessment – quality, price category and readiness for drinking


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Wine tasting & laboratory analysis

  • What makes a good wine taster?

  • Where and when to taste – suitable conditions

  • Appropriate equipment

  • Tasting order

  • Temperature of wines for tasting

  • Tasting for specific purposes

  • Structured tasting technique

  • The importance of keeping notes