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Wine Tasting Secrets: Picking Up Aromas with Fruits, Vegetables, and Spices

This tip is very useful for learning how to decipher different bouquets, and is also an entertaining contribute to an informal wine tasting or party. Before a tasting, collect a group of common aromas in wines and place them in separate dishes organized by category. Sniffing the contents prior to tasting will help you pick up that particular scent in a wine if it is there.

Herbs and Spices: cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, orange and lemon zest, black pepper, anise
Dried Fruits: prunes, raisins, apricots
Fresh Fruits: strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, peach, apple
Fresh vegetables and vegetation: bell pepper, mint, eucalyptus, cut grass
Canned Vegetables: asparagus, black and green olives
Nuts:walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds
Other: coffee, tobacco, strawberry jam, honey, tea and chocolate

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