For a lot of people, there’s an air of mystery around the art of wine tasting. For beginners, it can be slightly intimidating. You might not be ready to throw your own wine tasting party, but with our hints and tips, you will feel more confident about heading to the nearest winery. When you first get started you won’t be a professional at identifying the hue, flavors, and scents that you’re experiencing. However, we can help you get there. There are three key steps to the wine tasting process – look, smell, and taste.
The first step is pouring your wine into the glass and you should only fill it around a third full. This allows the wine space to aerate. The look is all about the hue. So, you want to tilt the glass away from you, and make sure the glass it directly in front of your face. Focus on the wine starting at the rim of the glass and then work your way down. What range of colors are you seeing? Is your wine very dark or does it look pale and thin? The color can help you determine both the age and the quality of the wine. It’s easier to determine the color when you have an idea of what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re drinking a red wine that’s listed as light and fruity, then you will see that the colors are lighter.
You should always swirl your wine before you lean in to take a sniff. There are a number of things that the aroma can indicate. One of the most common problems is corked wine. There is no solution for this and it’s all down to the bottling process. If the wine wasn’t bottled correctly the cork’s chemicals can leave the wine with a musty smell, tainting the entire bottle. This is why restaurants offer a taste of the wine before pouring a full glass. Don’t accept a corked wine.
If you smell burned matches then keep swirling, that will resolve the issue. There was too much sulfur dioxide in the bottling process. A vinegar smell (or nail polish) also indicates that the wine has a flaw.
Finally, it’s time to take your first sip. Without the first two steps, though, you won’t get the right flavors. A small sip is all you need, and it’s important to swish it so that your taste buds can experience the full range of flavors. Another important step is to aerate the wine by sucking in some air through your teeth. As tempting as it is to swallow… you should spit the wine out. Otherwise, you will end up too drunk to know what you’re tasting. The first taste will be sour, crisp, sweet or creamy. Then, you’ll experience the flavors. Finally, how long do those flavors linger?
Why You Should Try Wine Tasting
So, why should you try this out? It’s a great way to learn more about wine, and how to pair wines with certain foods. You will learn a lot about how to choose the right wine for your tastes and to experience all of your senses as you indulge your favorite hobby. You will also feel more confident about ordering wine when you’re out and about. So, what are you waiting for?