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Fine Vintage Two-Day Sensory Masterclass in Chicago


  • City Winery Chicago 1200 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)
 There is more to tasting wine than putting your nose in the glass!

There is more to tasting wine than putting your nose in the glass!

Our popular (and according to many students, "life changing," sensory course will be offered in Chicago in early May. The first thing we are taught to do with a glass of wine is to look at it. The second thing is to smell it, and only after we smell it do we tip the glass to taste the wine, though I do realize when you are thirsty, you might go right to step three! Which is the most important step? You might be tempted to say taste, but consider this: the taste buds on our tongues can only perceive five basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and that elusive savory quality called umami. It is smell that makes the biggest difference in how we perceive and appreciate wine.

This 2-day course focuses on smell, and covers 14 classic grape varietals and the flavor/aroma profiles associated with them. For each grape variety, you will be provided with a selection of 3 to 5 strips dipped in pure aromatic essences commonly associated with that grape. You will smell each element individually, and then experience how they work together. We will coach you in developing techniques for identifying the aromatic characters individually and together.

For more information on the course, click the button below for a full course description, or click the register button to go straight to the registration page for all our Miami classes. There is a strict cap on the number of seats in this masterclass.

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