Correct Way to Sample Wine

Have you ever seen a movie where the actors were sampling wine? They swirl the glance, look deeply at it, and even inhale the aroma with their eyes closed. Whether you are considering a Napa Valley hotel package or you just want to look like you know what you’re doing at a local wine cellar, the information here can help. You don’t have to spend years studying wine to be able to taste it correctly. However, the more experience you have with it, the better you will get at being able to tell a quality wine from a cheap one.

Understanding the Color

The color or hue of a wine can tell you a lot about how it was processed and aged. When fruits are crushed for wine, they may be crushed with the skin on or off. The longer the skin stays on the crushed fruit, the more of the details of the taste of the fruit the wine will embody. It might also be a deeper, darker color. Wines that are crushed without the skin on at all won’t have a deep color or flavor, Instead, they will be crisp and light. Neither way is right or wrong, but it can help you develop your own personal tastes when it comes to wine. The color of the wine can also indicate how long it was aged and in what type of container. For example, oak barrels lend a wine a darker, richer color as well as a rich flavor.

In order to get the best view of the wine, swirl it in a clear glass in front of a white background. As you swirl it, any sediment that settled at the bottom can be seen, but the color also becomes clearer to you. The wine should not be hazy or cloudy at all, but crisp and bright.

Inhaling the Flavor

There is a biological connection between your sense of smell and your sense of taste. By deeply inhaling the aroma of the wine, you can better taste it.

Tasting Correctly

When you taste the wine after you inhale it, be sure to involve all of your taste buds. Swirl the wine around in your mouth, touching all areas of your tongue. This allows you to experience every element of the flavor of the wine. Try measuring what you expected based on sight and smell as compared to the actual taste of it. With enough experience, you may be able to predict how the wine will taste before it ever touches your lips.

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