Back to Calendar

How to Taste Like A Pro...Sensory...


In this tutored tasting, we will explore 10 of the most common wine aromas found in high quality as well as faulty wines.

Added to a basic benchmark wine, we will use fully safe "flavour standards" to taste and understand:

- dimethyl sulphide a.k.a "truffle" or "sweet corn"

- 4-ethyl phenol a.k.a "band-aid" or "brett"

- ehtyl phenylacetate a.k.a "honey"

- hydrogen sulphide a.k.a "rotten eggs"

- B-ionone a.k.a "violet" or "turkish delight"

- isovaleric acid a.k.a "sweaty socks" or "brett"

- 2-isobutyl-3-methoxypyrazine a.k.a "earthy" or "bell pepper"

- sotolon a.k.a "nutty"

- 2,4,6-trichloroanisole a.k.a "damp cardboard" or "corked"

- vanilin a.k.a "vanilla" or "oaked"

This tasting is the 1st of a series in which we will explore a full range of aromas to deeply understand their respective origin, importance, and more critically, how they actually express themselves in wine.

This tasting will be led by JC Viens, who is a Certified Educator of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and a holder of the WSET Diploma (Merit). He is now studying to become Master of Wine. Avid wine lover and a storyteller, he has traveled extensively throughout the various wines regions around the world.

Event details

Date Thursday 16 August 2012
Time 7pm to 9pm
Event type Tutored tasting
Cost HKD 650
Booking required? Yes
Venue details CS Tower, Room 1501, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, (MTR Exit A2), Central, Hong Kong