How to Taste Wine

Thursday, July 26th, 2007 at 12:00 am

wine tastingIf you have finally decided to make wine drinking and wine tasting part of your renaissance makeup, you would need to employ several important techniques. Wine tasting is not for those who go about things in life haphazardly. It’s important that you practice proper wine tasting steps in order for you to be able to judge whatever wine it is that you are testing. So, if you’re up to the task, grab a few bottles of wine and you can start practicing after you’re able to finish reading this article.

Looking at the wine

One should always consider how the wine looks. One indication of the quality of the wine is the color. If the wine is clear and its colors are brilliant, then it is said to be wine of good quality. One trick that you can do is holding the glass towards the light.

If there are any sediments of any sort or impurities then the wine is considered to be bad. That is why you see so many people holding up wine glasses up towards the light looking to see if there are any such things in the liquid.

Smelling the wine

You should first swirl the wine in your glass by rotating your wrist. Most novices make the mistake of moving their entire arm to make the wine swirl in the glass. The key to rotating the wine correctly in the glass is the wrist. You should make it a point to rotate your wrist ever so slightly and gently while keeping the rest of your arm perfectly still. The swirling of the glass releases the wine’s aromas to the top edge of the glass.

After that, you should place your nose accordingly over the edge of the wine glass while keeping your mouth open. The aromas of the wine should effectively bounce off this edge straight up the nostrils. Take a very deep sniff and try to identify any familiar smells. You may repeat but you should rest your sense of smell for a few seconds before you try smelling again.

Tasting the wine

You must have been surprised to read about looking and smelling in the subject of tasting wine. They are as important as engaging the sense of taste. After smelling the wine, take a sip and roll it over your tongue for several seconds before swallowing. Remember to exhale through your nose as you swallow. On the second sip, try swishing the wine around in the whole mouth. There are tasters who "chew" the wine in the mouth.

When you swallow, be sure to exhale as the sense of taste and smell will work together to give you a definite and more accurate description of the wine. In some tasting rooms, there are some tasting notes that will be supplied to you but if you do not have any with you, try to read up on the characteristics of the wine before you taste them so you’ll know what you’re looking for.


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