7 STEPS TO TASTING
If you’re new to wine tasting, it doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. As a matter of fact, we think wine should always be fun, informal and effortless! Here are seven easy steps to follow.
Look at the wine. Hold it up to the light. What color is it? How brilliant is the color? Are there any gradations in its color, or is it consistent throughout? Check out its legs (how quickly the wine runs down the inside of the glass). This is an indicator of sugar/alcohol content (sweeter = generally runs down more slowly).
Breathe it in. Is it fruity? Mineral? Spicy? What fruit comes to mind? Don’t dwell on this; your senses are most receptive within the first few seconds of exposure. So give it a thoughtful whiff and move on. (Notice if one nostril is more sensitive than the other.)
Is it sweet, salty, bitter, sour….metallic, even? Earthy, citrus, herbal, tart, pepper-y? As you sip, consider the types of food that whet your appetite given the wine you’re tasting. Allow some air into your mouth when you taste. Try moving the wine around in your mouth to see if different taste buds pick up on different qualities of the flavor profile. (This is all perfectly respectable as long as you use your manners.)
Consider the wine’s weight and texture in your mouth.
To determine the flavor of the wine, try to perceive
the aroma and taste simultaneously. Pear? Apple?
Blackberry? Lemon? Fresh cut grass? Leather?
Tobacco? Any word that comes to mind is just fine.
Sometimes faults are intentional, but dull coloring, moldy odors, sulphur, medicinal notes, corks that pop out on their own… these are all likely to indicate faults.
When it comes to wine, passion is (almost) everything. So taste lots of wine as you journey through life. Simply paying attention to what you’re tasting will help you become more skilled at wine tasting.
Okay, you’ve been schooled… Now come see us in Thomasville!