Skip the sales pitch at the wine store and restaurant with this video, which explains the different aromas of white wine.
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The Aromas of White Wine
Next, we are going to look at the aroma of wine. In order to do this, we are going to swirl the wine. If you feel more comfortable leaving the glass on the table, that is okay. With a little practice, you will be able to hold it up and swirl it around. In fact, if you do this often enough, you will find yourself swirling your coffee in the morning, your juice and even your soda. It can be quite an annoying little thing.
After we swirl, we are going to hold the wine to our nose. When you smell wine, you need to be able to take a deep inhalation. You need to breathe deeply. The olfactory bulb, the one that receives all the information that you are going to smell is buried deep in your brain. In order to get the aroma back there, you must inhale deeply. Some people like to inhale like a dog, short puffs. Short quick inhales, this allows the wine to wash you over the olfactory bulb. After I have smelled the wine, I want to take a minute to think about the aroma that I have had.
We are going to talk about the typical aromas found in each of these varietals or grapes. Starting with the Pinot Grigio, a typical aroma would be of minerals and white flowers. I know it sounds like a lot of silliness, but when you put your nose into the glass, that is what you will find.
Sauvignon Blanc is a grape that has aromas typical of citrus fruits. And if it comes from a warm climate, you can get tropical fruits. So start with the basics of lemon and lime and if you fine something like kiwi or mango, that is good too.
The aroma associated with Chardonnay is typically oak. Now, a lot of people do not recognize it as oak, but oak smells like vanilla or toast or coffee or toffee. But there are fruit aromas in there also and the most general ones are apples, both red and green and pear.