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.