Examining the Ingredients That Make Red Wine Look, Smell and Taste The Way It Does by Lori Dorn at 3:51 pm on March 21, 2014 The latest episode of “What’s Inside” by Wired takes a look at the ingredients that make red wine look, smell and taste the way it does. Oenophiles wax poetic about the look, feel, smell, and taste of red wine. But what’s actually inside the drink? Dozens of complicated molecules from the grape’s juice, seeds, and skin. Oh, and alcohol. Yummy.