At first, Wine tasting can be intimidating and confusing. Most of us think of wine tasting being classy, but if you don’t know what your doing it can get pretty messy! If your going wine tasting for a work event, a date, birthday celebration or just want to look like you know what your doing! Use these 5 S’s to impress and learn the basis of wine tasting!
See: Start by observing the wine colors. If it’s a red wine, is the color maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red or even brownish? If it’s a white wines, is it clear, straw-like, golden, light green, pale yellow or brown in appearance? Color of the wine can be clues to the varietal and age. Just by studying the color of the wine you can learn a variety of things, such as age, type of grapes used and flavors concentration! Wines made in cooler climates usually have a lighter color than wines grown in warmer climate.
Swirl: After Observing the wine color, the next step is to swirl your wine around the glass. How do you swirl? Its quiet simple because everyone has their own unique technique! Some leave the bottom of the wine glass firmly planted on a flat surface and make circles with the base for about 10 to 20 seconds. While others prefer to pick the wine glass up and slightly flick their wrist, making little circles in the air. Try both techniques at home with a wine glass filled of water. This will make you feel more comfortable at a party so you can carry on a conversation and not worrying about spilling your drink!
You might be thinking to yourself, “Why do I need to swirl my wine?” Swirling making wine taste better and allows oxygen to penetrate the wine. The purpose of swirling wine in a glass is to aerate the wine and release vapors, evaporating from the sides of the glass, for you to smell.
Smell: Your sense of smell is critical in properly analyzing a glass of wine. To get a good impression of your wine’s aroma, gently swirl your glass, close your eyes and take a quick whiff to gain a first impression. Now with your eyes closed stick your nose down into the glass and take a deep inhale through your nose. A wine’s aroma is an excellent indicator of its quality and unique characteristics. It’s really important to smell a wine because you’re introducing your brain and taste buds to what you’ll be drinking. Now that you have observed the color, swirl your glass and smelt the wine, the next step is sipping!
Sip: Finally, You are able to taste the wine! Take a sip and let the wine roll around your tongue. What did you taste? Was the wine sweet or dry? The taste should be similar to what your sense of smell detected earlier when you smelt the wine. Although it is natural to sip your wine, slurping it will continue to oxidize the liquid, allowing you to taste the flavors more fully. After gathering your initial impression of the wine, allow a small breath of air in through your lips and lets the wine mingle with the air.
Savor: Lastly, Savor the wine and hold it in you mouth. Once the wine is out of your mouth, by either swallowing or spitting. Let the flavor deepen on your palate for about 60 seconds. Some wine will fall out quickly and some wines will have new flavors develop and linger in your mouth. When swallowing the wine have a thoroughly examined the wine. Some questions may include, Does each sip make you want another taste? Is the taste similar to what I smelt? What type of food would I eat with this wine? Would I think this wine if I purchased it? Those are some key questions you should ask yourself to determine how much you liked the wine.