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The Best Wine Tasting Practices

Wine tasting does not have to be frightening. You may get the most out of any glass of wine by employing the tactics listed below. You will not only be able to taste the wine more, but you will also develop an appreciation for it.

Determine its colour

Take a look at the wine. Take note of whether the wine is clear and sparkling or hazy and drab. The colour of a wine is best appreciated by placing it against a white background. Colours reveal the grape variety and if the wine was matured on wood to the taster. A wine that has been aged on oak is typically deeper in colour.

Give it a swirl

Swirl the wine around a few times. Heavy wines will have a darker colour and a more strong scent. Sweeter wines may leave thick, viscous streaks (called legs) down the inside of the glass when swirled because they are denser.

Take a sniff

Because smell is the primary sense utilized in wine tasting, sniffing the wine before tasting is critical. The nose and taste of a wine can be used to determine its quality. Take note of what you’re smelling. What does the aroma make you think of? Vegetables or fruits? Spices or herbs?

Take a sip to test the flavour

Take a slightly larger sip than usual and allow the wine to coat the surface of your mouth for 3-5 seconds. It is here that the wine’s complex taste, experience and qualities are realized. Sweetness, fruitiness, saltiness, acidity, bitterness, and alcohol are all things to look for.

Does the flavour linger?

The finish is the experience you get as you drink the wine, and it might differ greatly from the taste you get on your palate. What you want to look for is an alcohol taste and how long the wine flavour lasts. This period is known as the finish, and some wines use it.