|WINE TASTING GUIDE
Set the mood
For each wine you want to taste, find a clear, stemmed glass that is comfortable
to hold. Choose a well-lit place that’s relatively odor-neutral. It is best not to wear
perfume or scented lotion.
Set the scene
Pour just enough wine in the glass so it barely reaches the widest part of the
bowl. This way you’ll have room to swirl the wine without spilling it.
Check the color
A light color generally indicates a light-bodied wine; a darker color,
a fuller-bodied wine. Also, white wines deepen in color with age; reds get
lighter and take on a brown hue. If you’re poured more than one wine, compare
the colors and guess which wine will taste more concentrated, young wines that
appear browned might be the result of poor wine making or storage.
Swirl & sniff
Hold the glass by its stem and swirl it gently to release the wine’s aromas.
Sniff. What do you smell? Sniff again. Do you smell fruit?, What sort?
The wine might evoke herbs, flowers, spices, vanilla or wood. Some wines
smell like bell pepper, leather, roasted meat or even manure. Don’t worry about
cataloguing every aroma. Just impressions will help you learn and remember.
Spin & swish
Sip the wine and swish it around in your mouth. Try to suck air into your
mouth while wine is still in it (it takes practice). This allow the wine to release
more aromas. How does it feel? Does it coat your mouth? Is it light, prickly and
refreshing? Does it taste bitter or sweet? Does it recall specific fruits or spices?
Smell again. Does it smell like it tastes? Do you like it? There are no wrong
answers; it’s all about you perceive.
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