5 Tips: How Best To Taste Wine

By Nikko Ater 6/5/2017 5 minutes

Tip 1: Choose the right wine glasses
Right glasses are important for wine tasting. Improperly selected ones can prevent the flavor and taste from revealing itself. Use a classic tulip-shaped wine glass. Of course, the glasses should be clean and dry.

Tip 2: Fill the glass with wine correctly
The glass should be filled to 1/3. If there are several different wines in your degustation plan, it's better to start with less strong ones and gradually move on to stronger varieties. So, light wines are pink and white. The heavier ones are red wines. After each glass of wine, drink a sip of water. This will help refresh the taste buds.
The temperature of the wine is also important. Norm for light white dry wines – 10-12 degrees, for red – 10-14 degrees, for strong wines – 16-18 degrees, for dessert and sparkling wines – 18-20 degrees.

Tip 3: Evaluate the drink visually
To evaluate the wine visually, the glass should be brought to eye level. First, we need to evaluate the transparency and color of the drink. Quality wine should not have divorces and opacities. As for color, it's best to look at it against the background of something white, for example, a sheet of paper. As a rule, aged wines have a darker color.

Tip 4: Learn to catch the scent of wine
Connect your sense of smell. Aroma is an important characteristic of the drink, which can give a lot of information about sort of wine. Indicators that speak about the quality of the drink are the intensity and complexity of the bouquet. There are three basic flavors of aroma that can be inherent in quality wine: floral (rose, elderberry), fruit (lemon, peach, pineapple) and spicy (iris, vanilla, tobacco).

Tip 5: Feel the taste
First you should drink a small sip of wine. Try to determine what taste you feel: sweet, sour, tart. Then you can slightly open your lips and exhale.
On the second sip of wine tasting, focus on your feelings more seriously. Warming up in the mouth, wine emits aromatic substances and vapors, which allows you to better understand the consistency, acidity, taste of the drink. Remember that all components of the wine should be balanced, and too bright selection of one of them suggests that the drink is of low quality. For example, excessive viscosity of wine may indicate excessive tannin content.
It is also important to analyze the taste and aroma of wine left behind. If the wine is of inadequate quality, the aftertaste will disappear too quickly. But if the rich taste lasts a long time, then the variety you choose is worthy of attention.

Now, having passed all the stages of proper degustating, you can fully enjoy a glass of a noble drink. The main thing is to recall that despite all the medicinal properties, wine is an alcohol, so it should be consumed in moderation. Only so it will be really beneficial for the body.

Nikko Ater