Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Structure.
Our instructions:  This week, share with us the structure of something typically overlooked.

A couple of years ago (when I first started my professional wine education adventure), a Master Sommelier offered me some excellent advice that I continue to carry with me whenever I evaluate a wine:

Taste once for flavor and once for structure.  

The flavor part of a wine is self-explanatory.  But, in addition to flavor, professional tasters also evaluate a wine’s structure — its sweetness, acidity, tannins, alcohol, and body.  Structure in a wine isn’t something you can see — it’s something you feel and taste.  It’s also not something that’s inherently intuitive, but it is something you get better at with practice.  Lots of practice.

On Monday, I will begin the next unit of my WSET Diploma — Sparkling Wines of the World.  We’ll be talking about structure a lot in the coming weeks.  And sparkling wine provides a unique opportunity for us to see the structure of a wine.

That, and bubbles are just really pretty.

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Salud!

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