Why I like using the Wine Aroma Wheel
by Isabelle @ Wine Tasting Demystified
I have used the Wine Aroma Wheel in my teaching and training workshops with wine professionals for many years. I was not the only one! The Wine Aroma Wheel has been used by many wine education programs in North America.
I have found that the 9” wheel enabled the most intimidated taster in the room feel comfortable sharing their sensory experience, starting by using the most general terms on the wheel. This is a very effective tool.
It is a tool that helps you categorize the aromas you perceived when smelling or when tasting the wine.
Why would you need to categorize wine aromas?
Not to impress your entourage, no!
Categorizing wine aroma helps you remember the wines you have tasted and also helps you to share with others what you experiencing.
Think of how you would describe a painting to someone who is blindfolded.You may describe the size and shape of the canvas, the colors, the objects or people represented pn the painting, etc. Your description can be very general or very detailed.
Well, you can do the same way when you smell or taste wine. You can describe with generic terms such as fruity, floral, or spicy.
And start analyzing what you perceive: Are they more fruity cooked or fruity fresh, from berries or stone fruits?
With such a process, you start decomposing your perceptions, you start being more specific and therefore more able to articulate your tasting experience to others .
Ann also developed a sparkling wine aroma wheel using the same principles of aroma categorization, including aroma descriptors specific to this wine style.
I hope you will find this wine tasting tool as useful as I do.
Note that this review is an excerpt of my article published here