Tips and tricks for wine tasting

Observing the wine itself is a major part of the overall wine tasting experience. Although the expression wine tasting will imply to many the actual drinking of the wine we are actually considering the whole experience. For a start we can learn a great deal about a wine just by looking at it. The wine should always be presented in a clear glass and observed against a white background.

The wine colour is a strong contributory factor to the taste of the wine. One will notice that red wines will vary in colour as is the case with whites this variation in colour is something to look for. The longer a wine is aged and the greater flavour that it has, the stronger the colour it will have. In the case of white wine, too much colour is not a good factor. White wine is actually ruined or tarnished in flavour by the aging process. On the other hand, red wines improve with age. As red wines are aged, their colour begins to lighten, as opposed to white wines which normally go darker with age. The lighter the colour of a red wine the older it tends to be.

To discern a wines age by its colour you must tip the glass slightly to one side to make the edge of the glass clearly visible. This is known as the rim colour. If the colour has a purple tint this denotes the wine is of a younger age. An orange or brown tint conversely would suggest a more mature wine. You should also aim to, swirl the wine which enables you to view the body of the wine. A thicker consistency would indicate greater alcohol content and a sweeter flavour. You can learn a lot about a wine from just looking at it.

While tasting wine is important, so is smelling your wine. As part of the process of experiencing full wine taste, you do have to smell the wine in the right manner. In fact, the scent of your wine will truly determine if you have a wine that you enjoy or one that you may not enjoy in the least. Most individuals will simple take a sniff of their wine, when there is a more full bodied method to doing so that will truly allow you to experience all that the wine has to offer to you before you even sip it.

The molecules in the wine will allow you truly appreciate the aroma. Wine tasters refer to this as the nose or the bouquet of the wine. Numerous different bouquets are mentioned with the most common being: spices, herbs wood, fruit, earthy, or floral. Each of these aromas will result in their own distinctive tastes.

To smell wine correctly, firstly give the glass a swirl. This will help to release the wine molecules prior to taking a quick sniff. Now its time to take a deep inhale of the aroma. Now you should be able to smell the difference. Which one of the different bouquets comes to mind?

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