Next – *Observe
Look at the wine before you smell or drink it.

Pinot has a very distinctive colour. It’s not like the heavy, thick-skinned reds. Pinot has a delicate rosy colour that should be about halfway between a rose and say a shiraz. If the wine is newer, the colour should be rosier. If it has aged for a long time, either in the barrel or the bottle, it will be more of a brick-red, rusty colour.

You don’t want a Pinot to be too “thin” and watery-looking. Sight is one of the ways through which we enjoy the world and the visual enjoyment of wine is important.