Wine tasting is one of the most loved hobbies of every wine lover. Read on for some tips and do’s and don’ts and you will thank us later.
- Hold the glass by its stem on the bottom and look it against a clear background. Swirl the glass gently while the wine is still inside the glass so that you can see the color of the wine clearly. White wines are less often white and you can usually see the colors that range from light yellows to greens and sometimes even brown. White wines gain more color as it age and it also gains a better taste, as they say, ‘Aged like a fine wine’. In the case of the red wines, the deeper the color gets, the younger the wine. Red wine usually loses it color by turning pale or lighter with age.
- Hold the wine glass under your nose. Then swirl the glass gently while the wine is still inside the glass. When you swirl the wine glass, it secretes the aroma of the wine and you can smell it openly. Wine connoisseurs use a few techniques for experiencing the elegant aroma of the wines. Firstly, they will take a typical whiff of the bouquet and then hold the glass away from them. This lets them to experience the firsthand aroma of the wine. They again held the glass near to the nose and they take in a deeper inhalation to absorb all the relevant aromas of the wine. The other technique comprises one single deep inhalation to grasp all the bouquet of the wine. Always make sure to take a few moments like a minute or two to soak in and comprehend the aroma of the wine. Do not get into the wine tasting immediately, enjoy the experience of the bouquet first and form an opinion on the character of the wine you are about to drink.
- The next step is to taste the wine. Firstly take a small sip of the wine, this will introduce the taste to your taste buds. Next, take a deeper sip and roll the wine around in your mouth with some air drawn in. Make sure to locate the taste buds along the tongue and the taste reach in all corners of the mouth. This particular step will help your mouth to experience the subtler tastes of the wine and let your taste buds experience more aspects of the wine. Also, make sure to have a moment or two in the aftertaste of the wine. Do not rinse it immediately out of your mouth.
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