Let’s talk wine tasting. As we’ve mentioned, wine tasting is a huge part of wine education. You could know everything there is to know about winemaking and production but if you don’t taste it, that knowledge falls short.
The true key to successful wine tasting is tuning into your senses: sight, smell, and taste, in that order. They all relate to each other and are necessary for providing a well-rounded tasting experience.
When looking at your wine, there are some factors to pay attention to.
Then we move onto the smelling. A very important note on smelling wine is to think of it as a gentle sniff. Think of the way you would smell perfume samples or a flower – you don’t want to mimic your dog and their full force sniff – it’s more of a gentle wafting through your nose. Wine armas are layered and sometimes very subtle, if we breathe in aggressively, our nose doesn’t have time to take it all in. Don’t be afraid to stick your whole nose in there, just breathe in gently! See if you can pick out the different flavors and notes that you smell.
And finally, the actual tasting! Just like the way we gently sniff the wine, we gently sip it. If you take a big glug, your tastebuds don’t have time to analyze and appreciate, they’re just overwhelmed and it won’t taste like much at all.
As you delicately sip from your glass, draw in a little air at the same time, and take note of what you smell and taste. Close your eyes and see if you can pull out distinct fruits, herbs, and other flavors. What is the feeling your mouth gets as you drink? Does your tongue react to the acidity?
What’s important to remember about wine tasting is that there are no true right answers. The winemaker can tell you what fruits went into the process but how your tongue processes them is unique to you.
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