In this unique book, Pat Simon, a Master of Wine for more than thirty years, draws on his half-century of experience in the wine trade to share his ideas on wine-tasting. The book is divided into two parts: Part One encourages the reader to think about tasting, and explores ideas such as balance, finish, aroma and tannin. It guides both new and experienced tasters through the many and various concepts behind wine-tasting. Part Two is a practical guide to developing expertise, including discussions on tasting glasses, keeping records, and decanting wine. Illustrated with reminiscences from an earlier age of the wine trade, as well as suggestions for new thinking in the currently developing world of wine, this search for a logical base for wine-tasting will enhance every reader's pleasure in wine-drinking.