6 Tips for Wine Tasting
Wine is one of the most exotic drinks that were originated thousands of years ago. It even has influences from the religion of Jews and Greeks. Many people who have consumed wine do not actually know the art of tasting it. This drink is not just meant to be gulped down; it has to be tasted well. Wine gets better with age. So the older the wine, the better it tastes. Learning the whole process of wine tasting will make your drinking experience even better. You will enjoy this little adventure that will help you in appreciating this sparkling drink more. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for wine tasting.
Please your eyes by looking at the wine for its clarity and color. Pour 1/3rd of the wine into a glass and take a good look at it. It is always better to tilt the glass and view the color from the edge of the rim to the middle of the glass. This gives you a better understanding of the opacity and translucence of the drink. If it’s red wine, then you will see shades of maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red, brick or even browns. And if it is white wine, then you will witness shades of clear pale yellow, straw-like, light green, golden, amber or brown. After having a brief look, swirl the glasses lightly to see if the wine is watery or dark. If you see some sediment or orange tinges at the side of the glass, then the wine is much older and better. This is the first basic technique of understanding wine.
Now comes the scent of the wine. This is a critical part of evaluating the wine. For getting the perfect aroma of your wine, swirl it for almost 10 to 12 seconds and quickly sniff the first impression. Swirling the glass helps in vaporizing the alcohol in the drink, and releases the natural aroma for understanding the actual scent of it. When you put your nose close to the wine glass and inhale deeply, you will smell oak, berry, flowers, vanilla or citrus. If you are able to smell these aromas in your wine, then it is an indicator of an excellent quality.
Many people tend to take a big gulp of wine. This is absolutely not the correct way of drinking this exotic drink. Take a small sip and allow it to roll in your mouth. By doing this, you can sense the real taste of wine. By gulping it down in the first sip, it will only make the drink taste bitter, and this might spoil your experience of having wine altogether.
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