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Beyond ‘Mmm, that's nice’: Wine Appreciation

Start just by looking. What does the colour of the wine tell you? How does its surface cling to the edges of the glass – a clue to texture and alcohol content? What qualities do the bubbles at the edge have just after pouring?

Now give it a swirl to see how it runs down the inside of the glass. Does it leave trails on the glass? (It must be a very clean glass!)