A refresher course on the 5 S’s of Tasting Wine from Joy’s JOY of Wine.
1) See – Hold your glass up to the light, tilt is slightly and take a good look. With a white wine you’re looking for clarity, brilliance, cleanness. A white wine should always look fresh and clean; even chilled it should look welcoming. White wines range in color from pale, pale yellow, to straw-colored, to golden, to a robust yellow. There should not be any floaters, no cloudy substance; nothing dull that detracts from the wine’s brilliance.