varietal tasting


varietal tasting

Etichetta di dominio


Etichetta grammaticale

noun phrase


Act of carrying out a sensory examination and evaluation of wine based on the comparison of a sampling of the same type of grape from a number of geographical locations, demonstrating the distinct flavour produced by different regions around the world. Varietal character describes how much a wine presents its inherent grape aromas. 1 2 3


Varietal tasting makes it possible to study and compare different wine varieties. It is subdivided into two types: the first one is based on the comparison of wines produced from the same grape from different areas, whereas the second one is based on the analysis of monovarietal wines of the same category (white or red berried) but produced with different grapes. The first type makes it also possible to study the differences arising from the territory and the soil type. Moreover, wines of the same grape which are harvested in different periods or produced with different techniques (late harvest, dried grape, barrique, cask) are analysed to study the influence of every single factor. The second type highlights the specific qualities of a single variety and helps to recognize many aromatic grapes (Muscat Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc) and non-aromatic or semi-aromatic grapes. 4


Varietal tasting
[...] You’ll sample our delicious, subtly oaked Carneros Chardonnay, crisp and fruity Carneros Pinot Noir Rosé and tantalizing and food-friendly Carneros Pinot Noir. […] 5

Trascrizione fonetica

[və'raitəl teɪstɪŋ] 6

Sinonimi e Antonimi

varietal = 1866, a biologists' word (first attested in Darwin), from variety. In ref. to wines, meaning "made from a single variety of grape" is first attested 1941, Amer.Eng. As a noun, in this sense, attested from 1955; variety = 1530s, from M.Fr. variété, from L. varietatem (nom. varietas) "difference, diversity," from varius "various”.

taste = late 13c., "to touch, to handle," from O.Fr. taster "to taste" (13c.), earlier "to feel, touch" (12c.), from V.L. *tastare, apparently an alteration of taxtare, a frequentative form of L. taxare "evaluate, handle".

-ing = suffix attached to verbs to mean their action, result, product, material, etc., from O.E. -ing, -ung, from P.Gmc. *unga (cf. O.N. -ing,Du. -ing, Ger. -ung). 7

Etichetta di paese

Università degli Studi di Genova, Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere

Data della scheda
Sun Sep 12 13:46:54 2010

Giulia Grasso, rev. Chiara Barbagianni


Definition by the author based on the following sources:

1 : Dizionario del Vino Moët & Chandon, Bologna, Edagricole, 1996, p. 121.

2 :, (01/07/2010)

3 :, (01/07/2010)

4 : Explicatory note by the author based on, (01/07/2010),

5 :, (01/07/2010)

6 : Longman Dictionary of Contemporay English, Harlow, Pearson Education Limited, 2007.

7 :, (12/10/2011)

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