Wine Tasting Rules
Wine tasting is an acquired art form that combines experience, knowledge, and the cultured use of of the three senses involved: sight, smell, and taste. Though it takes many years of practice to recognize certain wines and their area of origin solely by taste alone. If all wine tasting rules are applied the technique can be easily learned, and wine tasting can be quite enjoyable.
As you begin your journey in world of wine tasting, it is recommended that you keep a journal of the various wines you have tasted. This way, you will remember what you tasted, and you will be able to compare it to other wines. You bill able to judge wines for purchase. it will also allow you remember the wines and describe them to others.
The Wine Tasting Process:
1. Make sure your materi of the als and enviroment are ideally suited for tasting. Your tapered wine glass should be dry and clean. The ideal tasting enviroment a light-filled neutral setting, free of distracting odors such as perfume. It also helps to have a white back drop against to gain a neutral perspectiveof the wine's color. A white clean t-shirt will do fine. You should not eat before tasting, as the flavors of the food may affect the tasting experience. Always taste white wines first, then roses, then reds.
2. Spit out your gum into an appropiate trash receptacle.
3. Fill the glass to 1/3 full with your your chosen wine. No more, no less.
4. Hold the glass up at a 45 degree angle and examine the wine against the light. White wine goes to a light straw color and turn golden or brown as they agre. Red wines start out purple-red and turn a brick red to brown. ually
5. Swirl the glass. Visually observe the body of the wine, and check for "good legs" whh may indicate a thicker body and a higher alchol content or vsweetness level. Swirling also releases the aroma of the wine.
6. Now stick your nose in your wine glass and smell the wine in a depp gentle whiff. This action is called its nose. Contemplate the the condition, intensity, or subtleties. Therefore spend as much time as you need to dtermine the intricacies of what you smell.
7. The taste of the wine is known as its "palate." Take a small mouthful and allow the wine to hit every part of the mouth, enveloping all ofyour tste buds. Swish it around a bit loike using a mouthwash. Check for sweetness, dryness, acidity, tanin, weight, body, and fruit.
8. Use your spittoon to discard the wine from your mouth, so that your mouth can contemplate the aftertaste, Or swallow the wine seeking a buzz.
9. Take a moment and think about the experience of the taste, including your first impression, the flavors in your mouth, and the aftertaste. Make a note of your thoughts.
10. You are now on your way to becoming a wine connoisseur.