Feb 21, 2014

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Quick Tips For Wine Tasting Adventures

champagneWine is one of the rare wonders in this world that only gets better with age! As most people know, superior wine can be really expensive. No wonder then, that we associate wine tasting with royalty, riches, aristocracy, culture and romance! Wine is a social drink and many personal, professional and romantic interactions happen over a glass of wine. While many simply love wine for the refreshing and relaxing effect it has, there are others who find it difficult, getting used to the sometimes, bitter, sour, dry or acidic taste, of a variety of white and red wines.

If your first wine tasting experience was not great and you were left wondering, why people love the taste of wine so much…it’s time to give wine tasting, a second chance! Don’t let an initial experience put you off from discovering one of the most exotic drinks in the world. Wine, not just reflects your class and goes excellently with a variety of food items, but today, is also being advocated for its beneficial health effects! Do you want to learn more about wine tasting? Here’s how you can do it!

Pop the Wine Bottle Open

While, studying all about wine tasting can theoretically make you an expert, nothing can substitute practical experience. As mywinetutor.com observes: “…at some point you are going to have to pop a cork, and start tasting wine to get a better understanding of its complexities.”

Hold Your Glass Right

The next step in wine tasting is again a simple one. Practice holding your glass right! “Start with a clear wine glass. The rim of the glass should bend inwards to help funnel aromas to the nose, and allow you to swirl without spilling…Never hold the glass by its bowl, only by its stem since the heat of your hand will quickly warm the liquid,” Linda Stradley advises beginners on What’s Cooking America:

Swirl It Around

What you do next, is swirl the wine around in your glass! According to a report published in The Telegraph – Scientists have discovered, that doing this allows wine connoisseurs to appreciate the wine’s aroma and enhance its flavor. Researchers, explain that the swirling action generates waves around the inner edge of the glass, which churns the liquid as it travels, thereby drawing oxygen from the air and intensifying the smell of wine in the glass!

Observe the Color

A properly selected glass plays a significant role, when observing the color hues, intensity and the clarity of wine in a glass, declares Coka Winery. “The color of the wine is best expressed against a white background. WeekendBrewer.com has some more advice for those keen on wine tasting. “… observe the body of the wine by the way it coats the sides of the glass. If the “legs” trickle down slowly, it has more body. If it falls down in sheets, it has a lighter body,” it states.

Smell the Aroma

The next step of course, is to use your olfactory senses! Once you have given the wine a swirl in your glass, “Take a series of quick, short sniffs, then step away and let the information filter through to your brain… the effort to put words to wine aromas helps you focus on, understand and retain your impressions of different wines,” suggests the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Taste the Flavors

For the ultimate step in wine tasting, where after a tantalizing wait, your taste buds finally get to satisfy their curiosity regarding how the wine tastes, Linda Stradley offers insights based on experience. “…sip the wine, letting the wine spread across the tongue from front to back and side to side before swallowing. If you feel comfortable doing so, carefully slurp some air through puckered lips. This slurping of air (aerating) will help to release flavor and aromas. Assessing the wine by taste should confirm the conclusions drawn from the appearance assessment and the smell assessment. The tip of the tongue detects sweetness. The inner sides of the tongue detect sourness and/or acidity. The outer sides of the tongue detect saltiness. At this point you can either spit it out (especially if you are tasting several wines) or simply drink it, but be sure to experience the aftertaste (the finish),” she finishes.

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This article was written by Andrea Hart a food critic who happens to be a wine-lover and knowledgeable in all-things wine tasting.

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