How to Taste Wine
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The Five Ss of Winetasting
See: Look at the wine color against a white surface. Aside from the aesthetic value, color tells a lot about the wine in the glass. As a white wine ages, it becomes darker, more golden in color and as a red wine ages it loses color. Oak aging, grape varietal and climate will also affect color.
Swirl: Swirling opens up the aromas and flavors and introduces oxygen which will help soften a young red wines tannins.
Sniff: Start smelling the wine a few inches above the rim of the glass. Often people miss aromas by plunging their nose straight into the glass. Note the types of aromas, their intensity and harmony. If there are unpleasant smells, that may indicate that the wine is flawed.
Sip: Take a sip and inhale the winelike a backwards whistle. Move the wine around your mouth. There are only four things that we actually taste: sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, and acidity. Everything else comes from smelling the wine in the mouth. The slurping facilitates in mouth smell by drawing the aroma to the retro nasal passage where in mouth flavors are identified. The weight of the wine should be noted as this will help with food pairing suggestions later on. Think of wine weight like milk: a light-bodied wine is skim milk, a medium-bodied wine is whole milk, and a heavy-bodied wine is cream.
Savor: Think about what youre tasting. Is it seamless, angular, full, light, crisp, buttery, well-balanced, overly acidic? Does it have a long finish or an abrupt end? Do you like it or hate it?
Pressed for time?
Tip your head back, take a sip, wait 2.2 seconds and decide what you think about the wine. It can be that easy!! Sometimes we forget that wine can be enjoyed at many levels!
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