What is it? How often have you been tasting a glass of wine, and you think to yourself "I know what that aroma is..." but you just can't put a name to it, even though it's on the tip of your tongue.....literally. Then you start to think about all those wine books that you have sitting back at home, and how you don't have any with you when you really need them the most.
What you do need is something that is light, portable, discreet, and compact enough to fit into your pocket, purse, or wallet. Something that provides you with essential bite sized chunks of information about wine tasting and acts as a quick reference guide, or a useful prompt.
Three distinct categories to help you focus on your aroma and flavour notes for over 30 different wine grape varieties and wine styles, by listing the most common aromatic descriptors for :-
Bottle Age Character
A vivid colour chart provides an objective way to evaluate the colour of the wine in your glass, and provides lists of terms to use to describe the appearance of the wine regarding its Clarity, Depth and Liveliness.
An extensive list of tactile and taste descriptors to help you describe characteristics such as Balance, Body, Consistency, Age, Alcoholic Strength, Astringency, Bitterness, Carbon Dioxide, Tannins, Structure, Intensity, Complexity, Acidity, Sweetness, Length and Finish.
A comprehensive list of descriptors to help you define your overall impression of a wine.
A concise description of wine faults that guides you in detecting any problems you might unexpectedly meet in a glass of wine.
Recommended serving temperatures for a variety of wine styles to enhance your enjoyment of the wine.
A scorecard for you to independently rate a wine and be your own judge.
Did we mention that it's only the size of a credit card?
wine novice who wants to acquire a wine specific vocabulary
wine enthusiast who wants to increase their professional wine knowledge and vocabulary
those who want to enhance their experience of winetasting and broaden their selection of wine styles
anyone who is left speechless at tastings!
It is also widely used by people directly involved in the wine industry, including:-
winemakers and wine judges when assessing wines
cellar door or wine tasting staff of wineries for staff and consumer training
wine educators as a concise wine appreciation resource
wine marketers as a quick-reference guide
retail staff for writing shelf talkers
hospitality staff for instant wine knowledge
Each edition contains the major and emerging grape varieties that are cultivated, produced, imported, retailed and consumed within a particular market and country. Each edition also provides idiosyncratic terminology specific to that country.
Editions that are currently available in the Essential Wine Tasting Guide series include:-