Wine wizardry

I’m on a wine journey and every week I am uncorking something new and exciting to try. I get asked a number of times by friends and family, “Is this a good wine?” I’m no sommelier but there’s nothing I love more than a really good quality wine. But what makes a wine good? Well here’s what I do know- it’s completely up to you and your own interpretation. Aroma is one of three steps to assessing and interpreting wine. “Hints of strawberry, plum and blackberries” - these aren’t just marketing ploys, they are aroma compounds commonly found in wine. These compounds include esters, methoxypyrazines, monoterpenes and thiols. It gets pretty scientific but essentially they are the reason why you can identify the smell of other fruits, flowers or herbs in...

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