Learn the Art of Wine Tasting

It’s incredible how appearances can deceive us when it comes to wine. What you see and smell might not tell you the whole story. Take this unique glass of white wine, for example. At first glance, it appears ordinary, but there’s something hidden beneath the surface that will surprise you. Can you guess what it is?

Learn the Art of Wine Tasting
Learn the Art of Wine Tasting

Unveiling the Clues

Let’s begin by examining its color. It has a beautiful pale gold hue, suggesting it might come from a cooler climate. When we swirl it, we notice that it doesn’t produce thick tears. The aroma reveals notes of green pear, citrus peel, raw almond, and wet slate. These characteristics point to several possible white wine varieties with a clean, non-floral aromatic profile.

But what about its structure? Surprisingly, this wine tastes dry, yet it possesses a rich and honey-like texture on the palate. You might expect it to be sweet, but there’s only a hint of residual sugar to enhance the body. It has a moderate acidity level, striking a balance that is neither too high nor too low. Although it hasn’t been aged in new oak barrels, its body suggests it might have spent time in old wood.

The Unveiling

The moment of truth has arrived. Let’s uncover the mystery behind this wine. Our wine expert, Christine Marsilio, Master of Wine, is here to guide us. Floral aromas rule out Muscat Blanc, and the raw almond and Tangerine notes don’t align with Chardonnay. The remaining contenders are Albariño, Muscat Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pino Blanc.

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However, the lack of salinity in its structure narrows it down to Pino Blanc. Interestingly, Pino Blanc is a rare grape variety with limited cultivation worldwide. What’s even more fascinating is that genetically, Pino Blanc is identical to both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. They are all color mutations of the same root variety. This is Pino Blanc’s big secret.

The Origin Story

Now that we’ve identified the grape variety, let’s explore its origin. The wine’s golden hue suggests it may have rested in large, old oak casks. This characteristic brings to mind regions known for their use of such barrels. Additionally, its minerality hints at an Old-World origin.

Considering the clues, we can eliminate Sonoma and Marlborough. The use of old oak points us towards Northern Italy or Germany. Italian wineries often embrace modern winemaking practices and rely heavily on stainless steel, while German wineries have a deep-rooted tradition of using centuries-old handcrafted oak barrels or oak vats.

With the balance and minerality in mind, we can confidently say that this wine is a Pino Blanc, also known as Weissburgunder, from the Rheinhessen region in Germany.

A Look Behind the Vineyard

Let’s dive deeper into the story behind this wine. We have the privilege of meeting Oliver Miller, the winemaker at V Stample Estate in Sersheim, Germany. Pino Blanc thrives in this region, with at least three hectares dedicated to its cultivation.

This particular wine is a harmonious blend of 50% stainless steel and 50% oak barrel aging. Its character reflects the unique terroir of the area, showcasing a lean shape with a refreshing and crisp acidity, complemented by a subtle mineral backbone.

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Stay tuned for more tasting videos like this, as we continue to uncover the mysteries and delights of wine. Cheers to the art of tasting and discovering new flavors!


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