How to taste wine

How to taste wine

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The work of the sommelier is very complex and requires long studies and experience. But knowing how to taste a wine to appreciate the quality of the product we are drinking can be useful and certainly a lot of fun.

Even if we are not experts sommelier we can try to taste the wine following simple rules that will help us to better appreciate the quality of the product we are drinking.

We can do it anywhere, in the wine bar, in the restaurant and also at home, a proper tasting is the best approach to the wine we have in our glass. First of all we try to stay focused, if we are not in a room used for wine tasting we avoid common distractions such as looking at the mobile phone, continue talking, watching a television program.

Another aspect that can adversely affect the wine tasting is the presence of perfumes that alter its perception, when possible avoid its use, the same applies to creams or other cosmetics especially perfumed. In public places it is easy that the glass is the right one, if you are at home use the one that best suits the type of wine you will go to taste.

How to taste wine

Visual analysis

The first phase of a wine tasting is always the visual one, observing its color and transparency. Although commonly the wines are divided into three large families, white, red and rosé, in reality the gradations are very large and provide a first element of evaluation. Typically the shade is strengthened with aging, especially in red wines. We slowly move the glass forming small circles: the arches that form on the walls, called tears, are more numerous in wines with greater alcoholic content.

Olfactory exam

An olfactory examination we lightly shake the glass and inhale the scent that emanates. It is not simple and sometimes is a gift of nature that is refined with experience, but we try to pick the essences that the wine releases: fruity, floral, earthy aromas, we try to confront the people sitting at our table

 It will be very interesting to discover common sensations or to be able to find details that escape the first impact. It will be easy to discover aromas of peach, red fruits, citrus, but also underbrush, tobacco, leather, and many more.

Taste review

Naturally the taste of wine is the most important feature. Sometimes we will be surprised in the absence of the flavors that stood out in the olfactory examination, we will find others more or less hidden.

Following these simple advice we will have a better relationship with the wine we drink, of course it is desirable the presence of an expert to help us understand the details and tell us how that particular wine is born, the subject of the tasting, talking about the grape variety, the company that produces it and the production phases, from harvest to vinification and bottling, but let’s not be ashamed to try it alone, having read the label carefully and if possible, today we all have a smartphone connected to the internet, documenting everything about the wine we are about to pour into our glass.
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