Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

This lesson has something for almost everyone: beginner, secondary, and intermediate. Even Kermit can learn something from this post.

Beginner Level

Gānbēi is the Chinese equivalent of “Cheers”. Literally it means “dry cup”. But you don’t have to feel obligated. Unless you are the guest of honor, in which case you pretty much have no choice. It happened to me once, but my memory of the occasion is somewhat fuzzy.

PinyinChineseEnglish
Gānbēi干杯”Cheers”

Secondary Level

This conversation often takes place after you have expressed your desire to have wine with dinner: do you want red or white.

PinyinChineseEnglish
Ní xǐhuān bái pútaojiǔ 你喜欢红葡萄酒Do you prefer red wine
háishì hóng pútaojiǔ?还是白葡萄酒?or white wine?
Wǒ dōu xǐhuān 我都喜欢I like them all.

Vocabulary

PinyinEnglish
葡萄酒pútaojiǔ(grape) wine
you (singular)
喜欢xǐhuānlike; enjoy
hóngthe color red
báithe color white
还是háishìor (choice)

Intermediate Level

The art of wine tasting is often described as a 4 step process. If you can express the nuance of wine in a foreign language your skills must be pretty good. This description contains a lot of useful vocabulary for talking about wine.
PinyinChineseEnglish
Pǐncháng pútáojiǔ xūyào sì gè bùzhòu,品尝葡萄酒需要四个步骤,Tasting wine takes four steps.
Shǒuxiān yào guānchá yánsè.首先要观察颜色,First look at the color,
Dì èr bù shì wén xiāngqì.第二步是闻香气The second step is to smell the aroma
Ránhòu zài kǒuzhōng pǐncháng,然后在口中品尝,Then taste it in the mouth,
Zuìhòu guānchá “wánchéng”,最后观察“完成”,Finally observe “finish”,
huíwèi tūn xià pútáojiǔ shí de gǎnjué.回味吞下葡萄酒时的感觉。pay attention to the feeling in your throat.

Vocabulary

PinyinEnglish
品尝pǐn chángto taste a small amount; to sample
需要xū yàoto need; to want; to require;
步骤bù zhòuprocedure; step
首先shǒu xiānfirst (of all); in the first place
观察guān cháto observe; to watch; to examine
颜色yán sècolor; countenance; appearance;
wénto smell
香气xiāng qìfragrance
然后rán hòuafter; then (afterwards); after that; afterwards
口中kǒu zhōng
最后zuì hòufinal; last; finally; ultimate
完成wán chéngto complete; to accomplish
回味huí wèito reflect on; to ponder over; aftertaste
tūnto swallow; to take
感觉gǎn juéto feel; to become aware of; feeling; sense