examination of taste


examination of taste

Etichetta di dominio


Etichetta grammaticale

c. n.


The third and final part of formal tasting and represents the synthesis of the tasting experience. 1


The taste of a drink is detected in different parts of the mouth but most essentially on the tongue. Sweetness is detected at the tip and centre of the tongue, acidity on the upper edges, saltiness on the sides and tip and bitterness at the back. 2
The primary elements of taste
Sweetness Often detected first
Acidity Can carry right through
Alcohol Constitutes par to fht ebody of a wine; a light wine may still be high in alcohol, although a full-bodied wine is rarely low in alcohol
Fruit This can be carried through from the nose but may be more or less intense on the palate
Tannin Tannic acid is found in young red wines, as a result of the skin maceration required to obtain colour. It will leave a dry, slightly bitter taste in the mouth, although the same effect can be the result of wine which has been allowed to age too long, and has lost its fruit and started to dry out. 3

The taste and structure of a wine are assessed according to general structure, harmony, intensity, persistence, quality and state of evolution. 4


This is the third and last part of the article in which we analyze the three steps of formal wine tasting: the visual examination, the olfactory examination and finally, the examination of taste. 5

Trascrizione fonetica

[ɪgˌzæm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən əv teɪst] 6

Sinonimi e Antonimi

Taste examination. 7


Examination: late 14c., “action of testing or judging, judical inquiry,” from O. Fr. Examinacion, from Latin examinationem (nom. Examinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of examinare. Sense of “test of knowledge” is attested since 1610s.

Taste: c. 1300, “act of tasting,” from O. Fr, tast (Mod.Fr. tât) Meaning "faculty or sense by which flavor of a thing is discerned" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "savor, sapidity, flavor" is from late 14c. Sense of "aesthetic judgment" is first attested 1670s. 8

Etichetta di paese

Università degli studi di Genova. Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere. CdL Teorie e Tecniche della Mediazione Interlinguistica.

Data della scheda
Mon Feb 7 20:36:38 2011

Martina Simonetta rev. Gerbaudo


1 : «http://www.winecountry.it/articles/index.php?CurrentArticleId=57», (27/01/2011)

2 : Durkan A., Cousins J., Wine Appreciation. Cox & Wyman Ltd., Reading, Berkshire, 1997, p. 33.

3 : Leith P., Harvey R., Leith’s Guide to Wine. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, 1997, p. 219.

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6 : «http://dictionary.cambridge.org/»,(14/11/2011)

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8 :http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=taste&searchmode=none ,(14/11/2011)

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