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Aromas and Flavors of Wine



These pages will help you learn more about wines, how they tend to taste to people, what flavors you can find, and what those flavors are like.

Most people pay attention to their sense of touch, their sense of sight, their sense of sound. It is easy for people to say that something is "blue" or "green", that it's "bright" or "dark". Objects can be "like sandpaper" or "like glass" or "like sand" in the way they feel. Sounds can be "like a drum" or "like a harp" or "buzzing like a bee". All of these seem normal.

It's strange, then, that when we turn to our sense of smell and taste, that these comparisons seem difficult. People often look at wine tasting as an arcane and difficult thing to do. Really, it's not! Just as when you listen to a sound and think, "That sounds like a chainsaw buzzing", you can taste a wine and think, "I can taste the flavor of cherry in there". It's not that there's really cherry in the wine, any more than a chainsaw was really used to make the noise you heard. But it's an easy and handy reference to share information with others.

Read through these pages to learn more, and enjoy!

The Basics of Wine Flavors
Fun Flavor-Related Wine Tasting Ideas


Spices and Herbs
Cinnamon
Cloves
Black pepper
Licorice
Mint
Vanilla

Nuts
general nuttiness
Hazelnut
Almonds

Flowers
Rose
Violet

  Fruits
Apple
Apricot
Banana
Black Currant
Cherry
general citrus
Fig
Lychee
Mango
Melon
Orange
Peach
Pear
Plum
Raisin

  Berries
general berry
Blackberry
Raspberry
Strawberry

Vegetables
Asparagus

Plants
Grass
Oak
Tea
Tobacco
general wood

Other
Leather



Basics of Wine


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