Wine Quality: Tasting and Selection

Overview

The Wiley-Blackwell Food Industry Briefing Series
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Paperback
$92.97
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$101.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (3) from $79.48   
  • New (1) from $79.48   
  • Used (2) from $92.96   
Sending request ...

Overview

The Wiley-Blackwell Food Industry Briefing Series
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A detailed consideration of tasting including a chapter on wine faults as well as looking at production and the notion of quality plus the sorts of criteria professional wine buyers use when selecting wine." (Circle Update, March 2009)

"Keith Grainger's Wine Quality: Tasting and Selection is an ideal book to accompany a WSET course." (Harpers Wine and Spirit Weekly, February 2009)

"I really enjoyed this book … .A constant feature of this book is how well Keith balances his mastery of the technicalities with a certain “common touch”, the ability to explain sometimes complex issues in easy-to-understand terms." (Association of Wine Educators, January 2009)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405113663
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Food Industry Briefing Series , #7
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 872,381
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Grainger, Wine Educator, UK
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Wine Tasting 1

1.1 Wine tasting & laboratory analysis 1

1.2 What makes a good wine taster? 2

1.3 Where and when to taste - suitable conditions 4

1.4 Appropriate equipment 5

1.4.1 Tasting glasses 6

1.4.2 Water 10

1.4.3 Spittoons 10

1.4.4 Tasting sheets 10

1.4.5 Tasting mats 12

1.5 Tasting order 12

1.6 Temperature of wines for tasting 13

1.7 Tasting for specific purposes 14

1.8 Structured tasting technique 14

1.8.1 Appearance 14

1.8.2 Nose 16

1.8.3 Palate 16

1.8.4 Conclusions 18

1.9 The importance of keeping notes 18

Chapter 2 Appearance 21

2.1 Clarity 21

2.2 Intensity 22

2.3 Colour 24

2.3.1 White wines 25

2.3.2 Rose wines 25

2.3.3 Red wines 26

2.3.4 Rim/core 26

2.4 Other observations 28

2.4.1 Bubbles 28

2.4.2 Legs 29

2.4.3 Deposits 33

Chapter 3 Nose 35

3.1 Condition 36

3.2 Intensity 36

3.3 Development 37

3.3.1 Primary 37

3.3.2 Secondary 37

3.3.3 Tertiary 38

3.4 Aroma characteistics 39

Chapter 4 Palate 43

4.1 Sweetness/bitterness/acidity/saltiness/umami 43

4.2 Dryness/sweetness 44

4.3 Acidity 46

4.4 Tannin 47

4.5 Alcohol 49

4.6 Body 50

4.7 Flavour intensity 51

4.8 Flavour characteristics 51

4.9 Other observations 54

4.10 Length 55

Chapter 5 Tasting Conclusions 57

5.1 Quality 57

5.2 Reasons for quality 57

5.3 Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing 59

5.4 Price/value 60

5.5 Identification/true to type? 60

5.6 Grading wine - the award of points 60

5.6.1 Grading on a 20-point scale 61

5.6.2 Grading on a 100-point scale 62

5.7 Blind tasting 63

5.7.1 Why taste blind? 63

5.7.2Blind or sighted? 64

5.7.3 Tasting for quality 64

5.7.4 Practicalities 64

5.7.5 Examination tastings 65

Chapter 6 Wine Faults and Flaws 67

6.1 Chloroanisoles and bromoanisoles 67

6.2 Fermentation in the bottle and bacterial spoilage 70

6.3 Protein haze 70

6.4 Oxidation 70

6.5 Excessive volatile acidity 71

6.6 Excessive sulfur dioxide 72

6.7 Reductivity 73

6.8 Brettanomyces 74

6.9 Dekkera 75

6.10 Geraniol 75

6.11 Geosmin 75

6.12 Ethyl acetate 76

6.13 Excessive acetaldehyde 76

6.14 Candida acetaldehyde 76

6.15 Smoke taint 77

Chapter 7 Quality - Assurances and Guarantees? 79

7.1 Compliance with 'Quality Wine' legislation as an assurance of quality? 79

7.1.1 The European Union and third Countries 79

7.1.2 Table Wine and QWpsr 80

7.1.3 The concept of Appellation Controlee 81

7.2 Tasting competitions as an assessment of quality? 84

7.3 Classifications as an official assessment of quality? 86

7.4 ISO 9001 Certification as an assurance of quality? 87

7.5 Established brands as a guarantee of quality? 88

7.6 Price as an indication of quality? 91

Chapter 8 Quality - The Natural Factors and a Sense of Place 93

8.1 Typicity and regionality 94

8.2 The impact of climate upon quality wine production 95

8.3 The role of soils 96

8.4 Terroir 97

8.5 The vintage factor 101

Chapter 9 Constraints upon Quality Wine Production 105

9.1 Financial 105

9.1.1 Financial constraints upon the grower 106

9.1.2 Financial constraints upon the winemaker 107

9.2 Skills and diligence 109

9.3 Legal 110

9.4 Environmental 111

Chapter 10 Production of Quality Wines 113

10.1 Yield 113

10.2 Density of planting 114

10.3 Age of vines 115

10.4 Winter pruning 116

10.5 Stressing the vines 116

10.6 Green harvesting 117

10.7 Harvesting 117

10.7.1 Mechanical harvesting 118

10.7.2 Hand picking 119

10.8 Delivery and processing of fruit 120

10.9 Selection and sorting 120

10.10 Use of pumps/gravity 121

10.11 Control of fermentations 121

10.12 Use of gasses 124

10.13 Barrels 124

10.14 Selection from vats or barrels 125

10.15 Storage 126

Chapter 11 Selection by Buyers 129

11.1 Supermarket dominance 129

11.2 Price point/margin 131

11.3 Selecting for market and customer base 132

11.4 Styles and individuality 132

11.5 Continuity 133

11.6 The place of individual wines in the range 134

11.7 Exclusivity 135

11.8 Specification 135

11.9 Technical analysis 136

Appendix 141

Glossary 145

Bibliography 149

Useful Websites 151

Wine Exhibitions 155

Index 157

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)