Wine Quality: Tasting and Selection (Food Industry Briefing)

Wine Quality: Tasting and Selection (Food Industry Briefing)

By: Keith Grainger (author)Paperback

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WINNER OF A GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARD 2009! B EST WINE EDUCATION BOOK (THE BEST IN THE WORLD) "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 " an ideal book to accompany a WSET course." Harpers Wine and Spirit Throughout the eight thousand years of vinous history wines have been tasted and their qualities examined in at least a basic way. Today producers can control the growing and winemaking processes, and the consumer may choose from a vast array of wines, both fine and ordinary. Tasting and evaluating these requires knowledge, skill and diligence. Part of the Wiley-Blackwell Food Industry Briefing Series, this book provides a concise, easy to use and clearly presented understanding of the techniques of wine tasting, quality assessment and evaluation. The reader is taken through the various stages of a structured and professional approach to tasting and the book examines the questions as to what constitutes quality in wines, how quality can be recognised and how it is achieved. Also discussed are the faults that can destroy wines at any quality level, and misconceptions as to quality and guarantees. Clearly presented and easily readable the book includes: DiagramsTablesTasting vocabulariesColour Plates Written by Keith Grainger, highly regarded international wine educator and wine consultant, this book provides a concise, quick reference for busy wine industry professionals, students or others who wish to gain a detailed knowledge of the concepts of wine tasting and quality assessment. The Wiley-Blackwell Food Industry Briefing Series Devised to increase the effectiveness and efficiency with which knowledge can be gained of the many subject areas that constitute the food industry, and on which the industry relies for its existence, this important series is intended expressly to benefit executives, managers and supervisors within the industry. Each book distils the subject matter of the topic, providing its essence for easy and speedy assimilation.

About Author

Keith Grainger, Wine Educator, UK

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 Ros'e 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 5.7.2 Blind 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 Contr ol'ee 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 A colour plate section appears between pages 28 and 29

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  • ISBN13: 9781405113663
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9781405113663
  • weight: 278
  • ISBN10: 1405113669

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