I read a lot of wine tasting notes written by winemakers, wine writers, wine-rating professionals and so on. At times I even write my own tasting notes on wine that I am making or when I am reporting on wine here in our wine blog. Personally, I think it is important and fun to understand what wines taste like. It helps you make the determination of whether or not you like the wine. In the future I will be reporting on the various tasting descriptors with short posts such as this one today.
Vanilla is one of the most common descriptors found in wine tasting notes. Typically it is a sweet taste with spicy tones. Vanilla is the most prevalent in a wine’s aroma rather than in its taste.
Vanilla is a byproduct of oak aging. As we are all aware, oak barrels have been used in wine fermentation and wine aging for centuries. Wooden barrels can be a big part of a wine’s profile. Oak is utilized like a “spice rack” to add flavor and palate appeal to wines.
A variety of things impact the wine’s profile such as what type of oak the barrel is made from (American or French), the age of the barrel, if the barrel is toasted or not, and how long the wine sits in the barrel. Oak’s influences tend to improve aromas that center on the “spice rack,” with vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. On the palate oak turns towards rich flavors of vanilla, caramel, smoke, tea, mocha and butter.
There are so many influences on wines and their flavor profiles but vanilla seems to be a major part of most wine profiles.
Save the Date
Save the date for the first LEX 530 Wine Dinner which will take place on Tuesday, March 19, starting at 6 pm at the new LEX 530 event center, 530 E. Lexington Avenue in Elkhart. The theme is Italian and Executive Chef Chad Coryn has prepared an amazing five courses that are guaranteed to delight. Mark your calendars now. Additional details are coming soon for this exclusive dinner.
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Calendar of Events
- March 3rd – National Mulled Wine Day
- April 17th – International Malbec Day
- May 3rd – International Sauvignon Blanc Day
- May 9th – World Moscato Day
- May 23rd – International Chardonnay Day
- May 25th – National Wine Day
- June 8th – National Rosé Wine Day
- June 20th – National Lambrusco Day