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Tips on tasting

Why taste? Why not just drink? Because tasting wine develops a deeper, more acute sense of its qualities and character. And this, in turn, develops your skill and sensitivity.

Tasting, unlike drinking, is about coming to a judgment, whether for professional decisions or personal enjoyment. If you love wine, this tasting journey is hugely rewarding.

The UK Wine Trade is one of the oldest in the world, and professional training in 'Tasting Technique' for those of us fortunate enough to be part of it is provided by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

The trust's Systematic Approach to Tasting promotes a logical, objective discipline to tasting and describing wine far removed from the extravagant descriptions you see on TV.

If you feel like having a go, download the Systematic Approach to Tasting Sheet here.