Over many centuries, winemakers have learned to craft many styles of wines, depending on the characteristics of the varietals they use and their local microclimates. Until recently, some wines (such as dessert wines) were not always stable and easily turned bad. Certain techniques, such as using the addition of alcohol to kill active yeast, have been developed to counteract this inherent instability.

      When visiting a winery, you will certainly have the possibility to taste many differing styles of wine. To better understand their particular tastes and flavors, it is beneficial to know how to separate styles and better understand their components.
       I like to say that wine tasting is both the simplest and most difficult task. It is simple because when you taste wine, you need only to focus on your taste buds and describe what you taste and feel. However, it can be difficult because you also need a context for each varietal and wine style, as well as the vocabulary and process to fully enjoy the wine tasting experience.

   The most important rule in wine tasting is to believe in your own taste. If you really enjoy a particular wine—even if the press or the “professional” critics did not praise this wine—then that wine is definitely worth your attention.
  If you would like to know more about various wine styles,
click on the wine bottle!
     If you would like to learn more about the steps involved in tasting wine,
click on the wine grape!