Wine Tasting Tips: A Road To Professional Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting Tips:

A Road To Professional Wine Tasting

Drinking wine is an exquisite art. While thinking about wine degustations, you may probably imagine a well-dressed person taking a small sip of wine from a large glass with such a serious and noble look. With such a picture, the thought, “How cares how to drink wine?” But you’ll feel a striking difference while drinking wine in a proper way. This fantastic alcoholic liquid will open all the specters of its flavors and aromas. Just treat it right! Besides, tasting wine properly allows you to distinguish good wine from its low-quality counterparts. 

So, how to taste wine like a pro and look like a genuine wine connoisseur? If so, let’s move on and discuss some wine tasting tips!

So, how to taste wine like a pro and look like a genuine wine connoisseur? If so, let’s move on and discuss some wine tasting tips!

Perfect Wine Tasting Conditions

Maybe it sounds a bit unusual, but the environment in which you taste wine is crucial. The proper environment is the road to catching all the flavors, scents, and taste notes. So we recommend you avoid noisy and crowded places while tasting wine. They’ll distract your senses. This also applies to places with abundant smells such as cooking scents, perfume, or other odors that can prevent clear sensing of wine’s aroma. 

And don’t underestimate the importance of glass for wine tasting. The size, shape, and how clean the glass is affect the taste and aroma and the process of tasting in general. So be sure that you choose a proper vessel!

Besides, be mindful that the wine you’re going to taste shouldn’t be too cold. It opens its taste and aroma only at the room’s temperature. Depending on the temperature, the wine can taste and smell differently. So if you don’t want to be perplexed, ensure it’s of optimal temperature. So if the wine is cold, warm it with your hands a bit. 

Wine Tasting Conditions | MER

The Wine Tasting Process

Now, when you’ve finally found a perfect place for drinking your wine, let’s move on to the wine tasting steps. We can divide this process into fours steps: Look, Smell, Taste, and Think.

Look

First things thirst, evaluate how the wine looks. Pay attention to how the wine looks, its colors, texture, and viscosity. Actually, this wine tasting step takes not more than several seconds. But the appearance can tell a lot about wine. Wine connoisseurs with years of experience can easily identify the certain grapes with just looking at the wine, so will do you with practice!

You should fill about one-third of your glass with wine. Look at the liquid with a straight angle view holding the glass to the light. It’ll give you a sense of the depth of wine’s color along with its saturation and density. 

Then, tilt a glass so the wine can move within it, allowing you to examine the range and its visual peculiarities. It also may help you define the wine’s age and weight. For instance, thin wine usually looks pale and water near the rim, while an older and oxidized wine looks rather brown, tawny, or rusty brick. 

Also, check wine with a side view. From this angle, you can notice if the wine is clear or has some chemicals or fermentation problems. Just be sure that clear wine will be a brilliant choice in most cases. 

Finally, give your wine a nice swirl. If it leaves good “legs,” it means you found a perfect wine with higher alcohol and glycerin content, and that is riper and flavorful. 

Evaluation of the wine looks

Smell

The smell of wine reveals a bunch of facts about it. But this wine tasting step is a much more intricate process than just looking at wine appearance. You need to be familiar with tons of scents to be able to express them in words. But in the beginning, it’ll be enough for you to be able to distinguish broad categories of scents such as citrus, fruits, and orchard. 

But actually, there are thousands of scents wine can exude. They can be divided into the primary, secondary, and tertiary aroma. 

Primary aromas: depending on a particular grape variety, it may be aromas of fruit, herbs, and orchard.

Secondary aromas: they come from wine-making processes, and the most common of them are the aromas of stale beer, nuts, and cheese. 

Tertiary aromas: this type of aroma appears from aging, and they are usually baking spices, old tobacco, cedar, vanilla, and roasted nuts. 

So, give the glass a swirl, put your nose inside, do short sniffs, and allow your brain to read it. A red flag is when your wine smells like a musty old attic, burnt matches, or ethyl acetate. All of these aromas indicate wine flaws and improper storage. 

Smell - wine tasting step

Taste

Another and, probably, the most pleasant step is wine tasting itself. Our tongue is the major instrument in this task since it can identify a variety of tastes. The primary taste you’ll feel is sour since every wine has acidity. Depending on the grape type and climate, wine’s taste is imbued with a broad palette of flavors and tints. Some wines are sweet, and some even have a salty taste, and you’ll never know it until you take a small sip of it. 

How to properly taste wine? It’s not the same as just drinking wine. Take a small sip of your wine, but try slightly sucking it from the glass. Keep it in your mouth for some time until you catch all of its flavor notes, including flowers, fruit, herbs, etc. With your taste receptors, you can understand how well the wine’s taste is balanced and harmonious. 

Also, explore with your tongue the texture and length of the wine. The wine texture depends on the alcohol content and the ripeness of wine. And wine taste always has its time limits. Your task is to detect how much time it takes for it to open and keep its taste notes.

Taste - the most pleasant step of wine tasting

Think

The final step in wine tasting is to make a conclusion about what you’ve just tasted. After all the previous manipulations with wine, you have to take some time for your brain to understand whether the taste is balanced and memorable and whether you like it. Sum up what you’ve just experienced and reach your verdict! 

You’ve Learned Enough About Wine Tasting to Become a Wine Critic!

That’s true that wine tasting is a tricky process, but what a pleasurable one. Regardless of your aims of learning this sophisticated mastery, whether it’s your desire to be a sommelier or just a desire to show off to impress your friends, wine tasting skills will never be unnecessary. And now, when you know some wine tasting methods, it’s high time to practice. Cheers!

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