How to Evaluate Wine’s Appearance

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at 12:00 am

wine appearanceFor avid wine connoisseurs, it takes more than just drinking wine by the bottle in order to appreciate it. Wine tasting is an art that incorporates following a certain technique or method in order to fully ascertain the qualities and characteristics of fine wine. Taste is not the only factor that determines the quality of fine wine. Smell, appearance and texture also come into play when it is time for the wine connoisseurs to judge if a certain wine is of fine quality or not.

White Wine

One of the factors that affect wine quality is how it looks. Color itself may be a tell tale sign of the quality and the condition of the wine. In reality, most white wines are not entirely white. Most white wines have that tinge in color in them, depending on the type of grapes used as well as a result of how the grapes are aged and processed.

In white wines, certain hints in color may determine its age and indicate how it would taste. The color of most white wines may range in between light green to yellow or brown. It is a usually indication that white wine with a brownish appearance may already have gone bad.

White wines usually go bad with time. That is the reason why clarity may strike up quite a bit high up on the appreciation list for white wines. Clearer wines with a lighter tinge of color are usually more preferred than white wines that have gone brown. But in the case of red wines, this might be a different matter.

Color and more color increasingly affect the quality of red wines. And mind you, red wines are not essentially, all colored red. They come between a certain range, depending on certain factors such as the grape variety and the actual winemaking process.

Red Wine

In the case of red wines, judging quality by appearance may mean taking the color into careful consideration. Wine professionals are able to discern the wine process used, the age of the wine, as well as the quality of the grapes by the color of the wine itself.

This skill takes a lot of careful accumulation of knowledge and experience that can only be perfected and mastered by constant wine judging experience. So do not fret if you may not have such a skill to determine wine quality. There are other ways that you can determine the quality of red wine via its appearance.

In checking red wines for quality, you must take note that their color can range from light pale red to deep brown red. One must also take note that the color or red wines usually become lighter as they age.

One way to know this is by checking the wine’s rim color. This can be done by tilting the glass slightly and looking at the edge of the wine. If the wine exudes a purple tint, this indicates its youth while an orange to brown tint may indicate the wine’s maturity. Swirling is also another way of checking the quality of the wine’s appearance. It is done to observe the "body" of the wine which may be indicative of the wine’s alcohol content as well as sweetness level.