Tasting "A Unique Experience "
by Gary Thornberg - Owner Mission
you simply drink wine, or do you taste wine?
Anyone can drink wine, but it takes practice
to be able to recognize and distinguish
a wine's characteristics.
you ever tried desperately to detect flavor
from a food or beverage when you had a terrible
cold? You probably tasted very little, if
anything at all. Research indicates that
70 to 75% of what we taste is actually due
to our sense of smell. Specialized "aroma"
nerves in the nose are necessary to identify
tastes more subtle than sweet, sour, bitter
and salty. Smell and taste go hand-in-hand
when wine tasting . . . without your sense
of smell you would be unable to detect the
delicate flavors of chocolate, herbs or
smoke in your wine. The three steps in wine
tasting are: Look, Smell, and Taste.
can tell much about a wine simply by studying
its appearance. The wine should be poured
into a clear glass and held in front of
a white background (a tablecloth or piece
of paper will serve nicely) so that you
can examine the color.
Swirling: Swirling the wine serves many
purposes, but visually it allows you to
observe the body of the wine. "Good legs"
may indicate a thicker body and a higher
alcohol content and/or sweetness level.
most important quality of a wine is its
balance between sweetness and acidity. Aftertaste:
The taste that remains in your mouth after
you have swallowed the wine. How long did
the taste last? Was it pleasant?
tasting the wine, take a moment to value
its overall flavour and balance. Is the
taste appropriate for that type of wine?
If the wine is very dry, is it supposed
at different wine styles
many wines, so many styles to choose from
. . . where do you begin? Easy. Look afresh
at the whole wine scene. In recent years,
it has improved beyond recognition, both
in terms of quality and style.
wine is made from black grapes that are
fermented with the skin and pips.
Sauvignon - Arguably the king of red
grapes, it has an intense blackcurrant flavor.
- A fashionable grape with soft, black cherry
and blackcurrant flavors, often blended
with Cabernet Sauvignon.
- A velvety grape that produces rich, full-bodied
wines with fruity, spicy overtones.
Noir - Good young Pinots are light,
silky and fruity. Mature Pinots often have
an intense aroma of game and truffles. Occasionally,
Pinots are unreliable and insipid.
- Also known as Primitivo, California's
specialty grape is extremely adaptable and
has a distinctive taste of ripe-berried
white wine can be made from white or black
grapes, as all grape juice is colorless,
- The perfect introduction to white wine.
Styles vary from light and fresh, to heavily-oaked,
buttery, tropical-fruit-flavored wines.
Blanc - Also known as Fumé Blanc, it
has a delightful fresh, tangy style with
distinctive flavours of gooseberries, elderflower
- Almost unheard of until recent years,
Viognier is becoming increasingly fashionable.
It produces dry wines with a rich apricot
water crackers or unflavored French bread
should be provided for palate cleansing
during the tasting. If you want to provide
something more substantial, the rules of
etiquette for wine drinking say that nothing
stronger than a lightly salted mozzarella
is appropriate. Save the stronger foods
for after the wine tasting.
Thornberg Family founded Mission Winery
in 2001. The grapes are grown in the diverse
soils, terrain, and microclimates of the
Temecula Valley Wine Country. All of the
wines are carefully nurtured to insure that
the character of each variety is fully expressed.
Great pride is taken in the wine process
between the winemaker and Mission winery,
from picking the grapes, blends, and the
development of the rich flavor of each wine
bottled by Mission Winery. So enjoy our
wine and thank you for visiting our historic