Wine Tasting Tips: How To Wine Taste Like A Pro

Wine Tasting Tips: How To Wine Taste Like A Pro

Check out these tips for your next wine tasting!

Tasting a glass of wine invokes almost all the senses. First, you must look at the wine’s color, then you must smell the wine, and then you taste the wine. While the process may seem easy enough, tasting a wine properly significantly improves your enjoyment of the wine.  Check out these tips to help your taste wine like a pro.


For proper wine tasting, be sure that your glass is filled one-third of the way full. Be sure to look at your wine from all angles. Start by looking straight down into the glass. Tilt it from side to side so that you can see a full range of color. The color indicates the density and saturation of the wine in addition to the type of wine. Next, check out the side view, look at the wine through the side of the glass. As you look at the wine you’re testing its clarity. A murky wine may indicate issues with the fermentation process.


When it comes to smells, you’re evaluating the quality of the wine as well as the subtle hints that come from the wine’s environment. As you sniff your wine make sure to check for any “off” smells that indicate that a wine has spoiled. Grapes pick up scents and flavors from their environment. You may get a floral or earthy scent depending on where the grapes were grown. Additionally, the barrels in which the wine is aged have an affect on the smell and flavor. Pay careful attention to these hidden aromas when sniffing your glass of wine.


Be sure to sip your wine so that you can really taste its flavor. Pay attention to each individual flavor. Your wine should be balanced in flavor so that one flavor isn’t over powering another, yet all the flavors should blend together harmoniously. Additionally, pay attention to the complexities of the wine. You should be able to taste hints of each flavor that have been layered upon one another.

Taste wine like a pro, and be sure to check out your local wineries in Ventura County, California. They offer the best tastings in the area. Contact Ventura County Winery Association today!

Tips for Excellent Tasting Room Etiquette

Tasting Room Etiquette Ventura County CADon’t look lost the next time you head into a tasting room. Use these etiquette tips!

Visiting a tasting room can be a very enjoy able experience – provided you know what to do once you’re there. At Ventura County Winery Association, our goal is to guide you to the best local tasting rooms and offer you a guide on what to do once you’re there. That’s why we’ve put together these tips on tasting room etiquette.

  • When you arrive at the tasting room, head straight for the tasting bar. There should be a host there to greet you and get you started.
  • Most tasting rooms offer a tasting of white and red wines. If you only prefer whites or reds, ask your tasting room host about your options. Lots of wineries will pour a red-only or white-only tasting for you. If there are wines on the list that you don’t want to taste, you don’t have to! Just let your host know you’d prefer to skip them.
  • Many tasting rooms have a printed sheet of tasting notes. If you’re trying to learn more about wine, ask for this sheet so you can see if you taste those flavors and aromas in each glass.
  • Don’t feel pressured to finish all the wine in each pour. There should be a dump bucket available to pour out what you don’t want.
  • It’s generally impolite to ask for a second taste unless you intend to purchase that wine. If you are interested in buying a bottle, ask to “revisit” that specific wine for another taste.
  • If crackers or another neutral-tasting food is available, use it to cleanse your palate, not to fill up!

We hope these tips help you at your next tasting room visit. Now it’s time to put them to good use! If you would like to know which local wineries in Ventura County, California offer the best tastings, contact Ventura County Winery Association today!

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