Wine Tasting Tips
It's easy to
get more value from wine
by paying closer attention to what you've just
bought. Easy enough, just slow down and take the
time to notice what a wine smells like, how it
tastes and feels. Wine producers spend a lot of time
and effort getting the right mix of flavors, aromas
and bouquets into wine for their customers' drinking
pleasure. It pays to focus your senses on all the
careful work they've done. These 4
tips will assist you in how to evaluate the look,
aroma, taste and feel of a wine. You may find you
come to enjoy, understand and appreciate the
taste of wine more than ever before.
Observe It is possible to judge the age,
flavor concentration, and alcohol levels in wine
when it sits in the glass. Often you can even guess
what grape variety it's made from by its visual
impact. Young white wines are usually lightly
colored and become dark with age; young red wines
begin dark and lighten up with age. Light bodied
wines are usually lighter in color and texture
whereas heavier wines will be darker in color and
heavier in teture and run slowly down from the rim
of the glass.
Swirling the wine in the glass aerates the wine
to release vapors from the sides of the glass
for you to smell.
Sniffing Our most primitive sense is our sense
of smell. With some wines (Pinot Noir, Madeiras,
Liqueur Muscats, etc.) aroma is often the most
interestingly complex part of the wine. Remember,
80% of our sense of taste is actually in our nose,
these rule over and above the simple sweet, salt,
sour and bitter tastes determined in the mouth.
Aromas enter the nose before anything goes into the
mouth. After the wine is in the mouth, aromas
continue to sneak up the back of the throat before
swallowing. It continues to shape the impression of
flavor after swallowing. Sniffing is the most
important sense to a professional wine taster. This
first impression is often the most clear-cut and
distinctive received, with everything that happens
after in the mouth confirming this impression.
Swishing aerates and warms wine to further
develop flavors experienced earlier.
importantly, we suggest you taste as many different
wines as possible. Taste, experience, remember, and
above all, enjoy!