Esential Wine Tasting Guide Wine Tasting Guide *
*About Essential Wine Tasting Guide
What is it?
How often have you been tasting a glass of wine, and you think to yourself "I know what that aroma is..." but you just can't put a name to it, even though it's on the tip of your tongue.....literally. Then you start to think about all those wine books that you have sitting back at home, and how you don't have any with you when you really need them the most.

What you do need is something that is light, portable, discreet, and compact enough to fit into your pocket, purse, or wallet. Something that provides you with essential bite sized chunks of information about wine tasting and acts as a quick reference guide, or a useful prompt.

The Essential Wine Tasting Guide©, developed as a result of experiences such as this, is the culmination of ten years of wine tasting notes and extensive research of major grape varieties and wine styles within the classic wine growing regions of the world.

Slip it out, open it up, and it unfolds to reveal 34 mini-pages of compact wine tasting information to help guide you in the analytical tasting of wine.

Features include
  • Sparkling/Champagne, white, red, dessert/ice and fortified wines including Brandy, Port, Sherry, Muscat & Tokay
  • Major and emerging international wine grape varieties & wine styles
  • Over 1,000 tactile and varietal wine aroma descriptors
  • Wine descriptor groups
  • Wine colour comparison guide
  • Faults in wine
  • Scoring wine
  • Temperature serving guide
  • Neutral white background for wine colour assessment
All this, and it's only the size of a credit card! You will quickly realise, along with many international wine professionals, that the Essential Wine Tasting Guide© is an extremely useful wine tool, that is...well, essential!

What does it do?
The Essential Wine Tasting Guide© is used as a
  • Key reference and educational resource for wine enthusiasts, consumers, professionals and students
  • Standardised wine tasting vocabulary to demystify wine talk which can seem so intimidating at first
  • Useful prompt for even the most experienced professional
  • Practical wine appreciation and tasting guide to use when tasting, selecting or purchasing wine
The Essential Wine Tasting Guide© contains:-

Three distinct categories to help you focus on your aroma and flavour notes for over 30 different wine grape varieties and wine styles, by listing the most common aromatic descriptors for :-

icon Fruit Influence
icon Bottle Age Character
icon Winemakers Influence.

A vivid colour chart provides an objective way to evaluate the colour of the wine in your glass, and provides lists of terms to use to describe the appearance of the wine regarding its Clarity, Depth and Liveliness.

An extensive list of tactile and taste descriptors to help you describe characteristics such as Balance, Body, Consistency, Age, Alcoholic Strength, Astringency, Bitterness, Carbon Dioxide, Tannins, Structure, Intensity, Complexity, Acidity, Sweetness, Length and Finish.

A comprehensive list of descriptors to help you define your overall impression of a wine.

A concise description of wine faults that guides you in detecting any problems you might unexpectedly meet in a glass of wine.

Recommended serving temperatures for a variety of wine styles to enhance your enjoyment of the wine.

A scorecard for you to independently rate a wine and be your own judge.

Did we mention that it's only the size of a credit card?

Who can use it?
The Essential Wine Tasting Guide© is for everyone who enjoys wine, including the :-

  • wine novice who wants to acquire a wine specific vocabulary
  • wine enthusiast who wants to increase their professional wine knowledge and vocabulary
  • those who want to enhance their experience of winetasting and broaden their selection of wine styles
  • anyone who is left speechless at tastings!
It is also widely used by people directly involved in the wine industry, including:-
  • winemakers and wine judges when assessing wines
  • cellar door or wine tasting staff of wineries for staff and consumer training
  • wine educators as a concise wine appreciation resource
  • wine marketers as a quick-reference guide
  • retail staff for writing shelf talkers
  • hospitality staff for instant wine knowledge

Each edition contains the major and emerging grape varieties that are cultivated, produced, imported, retailed and consumed within a particular market and country. Each edition also provides idiosyncratic terminology specific to that country.

Editions that are currently available in the Essential Wine Tasting Guide series include:-

Australia / New Zealand


South Africa

United Kingdom / Ireland

United States of America

Japan (Japanese language edition)

China (Simplified Chinese language edition)

Finland (Finnish language edition)

Other Editions Available Soon:-


The Essential Wine Tasting Guide
w: 5.4cm x h: 8.5cm



Colour Guide

Tactile  descriptors

Wine faults

Temperature Serving Guide

Cabernet Sauvignon
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