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So here are the steps we go over:
There’s so much you can learn from a wine based on the looks. From carbonation, the body, to alcohol content. Looking at wine in neutral lighting through your glass is the first impression you get with your wine, so embrace it.
Probably the most important part of tasting wine. The majority of your taste comes from your nose, so getting acquainted with the wine with smell is a must before drinking. Swirl the glass to release the wine’s bouquet, then get your nose into the glass and take a deep breath. Start broad in what you smell, then try to find more detailed notes.
Finally, you sip the wine. Swish the wine around your mouth and take note of how it feels in your mouth. Is it viscous? Light? Are tannins making your toung feel weird? There are 3 stages of tasting. The first is the initial taste. When the wine hits your mouth, what do you experience? Next is the mid taste. Once you swish the wine in your mouth, what flavors are developing? Last is the aftertaste. After you swallow, the tasting isn’t over. There’s still wine that is retro-haled through your nose and lingering tastes left in your mouth. Just like with smelling, start by picking up what broad flavors you taste, then work your way to more detailed notes that come to your mind. Not everyone tastes the same things in wine.
Catalog your wines. I use the vivino app on my phone. But there’s tons of other ways to keep track of what you try so that you can reference them later. Research the wine you’re trying and see if you taste what the winemaker was going for. Learn the different wine regions and start to take notice of the different ways each wine region is unique. A wine from Australia isn’t going to have the same characteristics as the same wine in France. Once you pick up on these things, you can appreciate wine as more than just a beverage, but a representation of the people who made it, the traditions of the wine culture it comes from, the earth it was grown in, and the unique climate and terrain of the region.
Wine tasting is an experience, not just an activity. So go taste like a pro.
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