Author(s): GLEN GREEN
You've been bitten by the wine bug and you're starting to get interested. You've learned to take a moment to stop, look, swirl and sniff before you enjoy what's in your glass, believing that this slow-down-to-smell-the-roses approach enhances your enjoyment of wine, not to mention food and other good things.
But the sheer complexity of it worries you just a bit: How can you ever learn all those tasting words and master the basics sufficiently to make wine appreciation easy?
If this dilemma sounds all too familiar to you, I invite you to take a look at Glen Green's trademarked new Essential Wine Tasting Guide.
Glen, a wine lover and professional wine maker in Australia and France, has created a remarkable little quick-reference guide to serious wine tasting in a slick, portable format that literally slips into your shirt pocket, wallet or purse.
Slip it out, open it up, and it unfolds to reveal 34 mini-pages of compact wine-tasting information including more than 1,000 specific descriptions to help guide you in the analytical tasting of wine.
It includes separate categories with specific tasting "descriptors" to help you focus on your aroma and flavor notes for 30 different types of red, white, sparkling, dessert and fortified wines.
It also offers information on the major grape varieties, provides a scorecard for rating wine (under the Australian wine-show system), detecting specific faults in wines, and a temperature serving guide. Finally, a vivid wine color guide (shown above right) offers an objective way to evaluate the apparance of the wine in your glass.
Just 3 1/2 by 2 1/4 inches, it's about the size of a business card, and it comes with a clear plastic holder to keep it like new.