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HOW TO taste wine the oz way With this simple, five-step guide, you'll soon be swigging like a pro! 1 Read the label The label can tell you a lot: its age; the name of the producer; country and region of origin; alcohol level; its classification; whether or not it's been fermented and/or aged in oak; and the grape variety or blend of varieties - the latter being the most important in terms of predicting flavour. Take a look at the design of the label - is it modern or traditional? Many consumer-friendly producers also paste a back label onto the bottle, which often tells you about the style of the wine, how long to keep it and even what to eat with it. Feel the weight of the bottle - premium wines are usually bottled in heavy glass. You will quickly become adept at interpreting all this information. PICTURES: Getty Images, Shutterstock Look at the wine 2 Pour a small amount of wine into the glass. Tilt it against a white background so that you can see the gradual change in colour from the rim to the centre. A young red wine will have a vivid purple colour at the rim; as red wines age, this colour fades to ruby and then to tawny. You can also judge the body of reds by looking into the wine - if you can see the bottom of the glass, then it's light-bodied, if you can't, it's full-bodied. A very pale, white will be neutral to taste.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cheers 2013

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM OZ
CIAO FROM SALVATORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SNIFF AND SPIT
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
SOUTHERN STARS
PARTY PIECES
UP AND COMING
LET’S GET FIZZICAL
BUON NATALE
A SAFE HARBOUR
ITALIAN MASTERS
MIXING IT UP
CLASSIC COCKTAILS
WONDROUS WHISKY
VERSATILE VODKA
GIN-GIN
CAKES AND ALE
BOTTLE SHOP
SOMETHING TO EAT
GOURMET GETAWAYS
GIFTS AND GADGETS
BOXING CLEVER
STOCK UP YOUR BAR
BLOG IT!

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