Wine connoisseurs do not taste wine like everyone else. They take their time and are able to appreciate details about the taste, aroma, and texture that others miss. You can learn to taste wine like a professional with a little time and effort. Here are a few tips to help you appreciate the art of wine tasting.
The Conditions Must Be Just Right
You have to concentrate when tasting wine, so you may want to limit your distractions. It is not ideal to appreciate wine in a crowded and noisy room or in an area with cooking smells, heavy perfume, or pet odor. Even the quality of the glass can affect your experience.
Once you are in the right room with the perfect glass, you will want to make sure that the wine is ready for tasting. If the wine is too cold, warm it with your hands by cupping the bowl. Then, gently swirl the wine to cover all sides of the bowl. This is called conditioning the glass. Now you are ready to evaluate the wine by sight and smell.
Look before You Taste
Look straight down into the glass to get a sense of the depth of color. This will clue you into the density and saturation of the wine. Then, hold the glass to the light and give it a tilt, so that the wine rolls toward the edges. This will allow you to see the complete color range of the wine. If the wine is murky, it could be a sign of chemical or fermentation problems. If the color looks watery near its edge, it could mean that the wine is thin. If there is a tawny color to your white wine or a rusty color to your red wine, it could be a sign that the wine has been oxidized too much and is past its prime.
You can spend years training your nose to identify key wine fragrances. Some fine wine tasters are able to name all the flowers, herbs, and fruits they smell. You should try to find indicators that the wine is flawed. If there is a nail polish-like smell, it could indicate volatile acidity.
Have a Taste
Take a sip but don’t swallow, and take time to appreciate the wide range of flavors. Ideally, your wine will have a balanced and complex flavor. There is no single flavor for all wines, but there should be a balance between sweet and sour. If the wine has been aged properly, it should have a lingering and satisfying finish.
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