Smell it! Our sense of taste is largely dependent on the ability to smell. Swirl the glass, so that the wine can release its bouquet and flavours. The term bouquet refers to smells that result from technological methods, whereas flavours are the smells related to the grape variety. Swirling the wine will release more aromas into the glass. Now take a smell and try to associate the flavours. Herbs? Freshly cu grass? Tobacco? Leather? Strawberries? Black berries? For example, a Chardonnay can reveal a wide range of aromas - pineapple, tropical fruit or minerals. A typical Cabernet Sauvignon would be expected to show flavours of red and black forest fruit, especially blackberries. As far as the wine character is regarded, Merlot wines are softer than the king of reds - the Cabernet Sauvignon, and has aromas of plums and ripe fruit. Of course, these are not all the flavours that can be recognised in a wine. Depending on the terroir and the vinification methods a bouquet of aromas is formed. Trying to find and define them turns the wine tasting session into an amusing experience and might prove to be a valuable means for memorizing the different wines and discussing about them.