Wine Tasting, 2nd Edition

A Professional Handbook

Wine Tasting, 2nd Edition,Ronald Jackson,ISBN9780123741813


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9780123741813 New edition



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Differentiate between the mystique of wine tasting and understand the realities that enhance the perception and appreciation of wine

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Key Features

Key Features:
* Revised and updated coverage, notably the physiology and neurology taste and odor perception.
* Expanded coverage of the statistical aspect of wine tasting (specific examples to show the process), qualitative wine tasting (examples for winery staff tasting their own wines; more examples for consumer groups and restaurants), tripling of the material on wine styles and types, wine language, the origins of wine quality, and food and wine combination
* Flow chart of wine tasting steps
* Flow chart of wine production procedures
* Practical details on wine storage and problems during and following bottle opening
* Examples of tasting sheets
* Details of errors to be avoided
* Procedures for training and testing sensory skill


Wine Tasting: A Professional Handbook is an essential guide for any professional or serious connoisseur seeking to understand both the theory and practice of wine tasting. From techniques for assessing wine properties and quality, including physiological, psychological, and physicochemical sensory evaluation, to the latest information on types of wine, the author guides the reader to a clear and applicable understanding of the wine tasting process.

Including illustrative data and testing technique descriptions, Wine Tasting is for professional tasters, those who train tasters and those involved in designing wine tastings as well as the connoisseur seeking to maximize their perception and appreciation of wine.


For people involved in wine production, tasting, commercial judging, quality assessment of wine and wineries, wine societies, wine appreciation courses, or training of tasters (wineries, wine merchants) University researchers and students at schools with viticulture programs.. Also serious wine connoisseurs who want to maximize their perception and appreciation of wine.

Ronald Jackson

Ron Jackson received the bachelor's and master's degree from Queen's University and the doctrine from the University of Toronto. His time in Vineland, Ontario, and subsequently at Cornell University redirected his interest in plant disease toward viticulture and enology. As part of his regular teaching duries at Brandon University, he developed the first wine technology course in Canada. For many years he was a technical advisor to the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, developed sensory tests to assess the tasting skills of members of its Sensory Panel, and was a member of its External Tasting Panel. He is also the author of Conserve Water, Drink Wine and several technical reviews. Dr. Jackson has resigned from his position as a professor and the chair of the Botany Department at Brandon University to concentrate on writing. He is allied with the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Brock University, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada

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Wine Tasting, 2nd Edition

1 Introduction

Tasting Process


2 Visual Sensations






Suggested Readings


3 Olfactory Sensations

The Olfactory System

Odorants and Olfactory Stimulation

Chemical Compounds Involved

Sensations of the Trigeminal Nerve

Vomeronasal Organ

Odor Perception

Sources of Variation in Olfactory Perception

Odor Assessment in Wine Tasting


Chemical Nature of Varietal Aromas

Suggested Readings


4 Taste and Mouth-feel Sensations


Factors Influencing Taste Perception


Chemical Compounds Involved

Taste and Mouth-feel Sensations in Wine Tasting

Appendix 4.1

Suggested Readings


5 Quantitative (Technical) Wine Assessment

Selection and Training of Tasters

Pre-tasting Organization

Tasting Design

Wine Terminology

Wine Evaluation

Sensory Analysis

Chemical Analysis of Quality

Occupational Hazards of Wine Tasting


Suggested Readings


6 Qualitative (General) Wine Tasting

Tasting Room

Information Provided

Sample Preparation

Wine Score Sheets

Sensory Training Exercises

Tasting Situations


Suggested Readings


7 Styles and Types of Wine

Still Table Wines

Sparkling Wines

Fortified Wines (Dessert and Appetizer Wines)


Suggested Readings


8 Nature and Origins of Wine Quality

Sources of Quality

Vineyard Influences



Suggested Readings


9 Wine and Food Combination


Wine Selection

Historical Origins of Food and Wine Combination

Concept of Flavor Principles

Food and Wine Pairing

Uses in Food Preparation

Types of Occasion

Wine Presentation

Final Note

Suggested Readings




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