Wine Masterclass #6 Improve your understanding of wine aromas


Did you know that there are THREE types or sources of aroma in that glass of wine you are drinking? Some come directly from the grape itself .... “naturally” you might say! But others arise from chemical reactions taking place during fermentation.... and once again, you might say “so what”! And then there is the … Continue reading Wine Masterclass #6 Improve your understanding of wine aromas

Wine Masterclass #5 More science of wine aromas


Do you like the smell of Methoxypyrazine or do you prefer Beta-ionone? Or maybe Diacetyl is more to your “taste”? These are just 3 of the chemical compounds found in Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay respectively and might just say as much about YOU the consumer as it does about the wine and the … Continue reading Wine Masterclass #5 More science of wine aromas

Wine Lovers Masterclass: #1 The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting


An easily understandable description of how our brains interpret personal taste in wine, especially how it is “smell” rather than “taste” that makes the greatest contribution. Your personal wine tasting and wine appreciation will never be the same once you have discovered the secret of retronasal smell.

Wine Wednesday #1 How to select a good bottle of wine ….. and more!


WINE WEDNESDAY #1 Interested in wine and want to understand more but don’t know how or where to look? Fed up of professional AND amateur’s tasting notes with a "fruit salad bingo" description? Frustrated by internet articles recommending wines in a UK supermarket when you live in the US, or wines in an Italian wine … Continue reading Wine Wednesday #1 How to select a good bottle of wine ….. and more!

Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!


I am constantly baffled by wine tasting notes I come across written either by professional wine tasters or by well meaning bloggers who write a post about a wine they have just drunk! Both types of writer seem to want to indulge themselves in a kind of Fruit Salad Bingo where you get to win … Continue reading Simplify wine tasting notes without the salad bingo!