5 Simple Tips To Help You Taste Wine Like A Pro
Wine tasting involves all the basic human senses, which are touching, sight, taste and smell. Not forgetting your hearing sense is also involved since it is enticing to hear a cock popping from a wine bottle. Here are the five basic steps of tasting wine like a pro.
First keenly look at the wine, holding your glass as if you are examining its contents. A good wine ought to be clear. It should not have anything floating in it; if it does, it is considered flawed. Hold your glass against a white background and observe the wines color.
White wines are supposed to have a shade that ranges from nearly colorless to pale yellow or gold. Recent white wine can have a distant shade of green while as old wines may have a shade of brown due to age. Red wines are supposed to have a deep purple color, or reddish brown. Young red wine is supposed to be more purple while as older wines appear to be redder.
Swirling of wine not only releases the wines scent but also tells more concerning the wine. The viscosity of the lines the wine forms as it is slowly settling back to the base of the glass tells a lot about the wine. If the lines are light and move quickly this shows that the wine contains low alcohol content. When the lines are slow, then the wine has high alcohol content or high sugar content.
Quite a big percentage of tasting involves the sense of recognizing smell. Scientific studies have shown that smells trigger that part of the brain that relates with memory. Bring your glass close to your nose and take a sniff. Generally, wine has three different aromas: primary aromas which are as a result of being manufactured with grapes or any other fruit or herb, secondary aromas which are as a result of fermentation and tertiary aromas which are as a result of aging and oxidation. Good wines should have pleasant aromas that remind you of flowers, vegetables, chocolate, honey or fruits. Younger wines tend to have more of a fruity smell while as old wines have a more complex and insidious scent.
Our sense of taste can detect five common flavors: sour, bitter, salty, sweet and umami. Sip your wine and allow the wine to roll over your mouth. What does your mouth detect? Does it detect a fruity or sugary flavor? Does the wine feel light? Does it feel crispy and mouth-watering? Through sipping, you can find out a lot about the wine!
Once you have swallowed the wine you experience what professional wine tasters call finish a positive sign of the wines’ quality. The finish is the taste left in the mouth after you have swallowed the wine. Good wine should have a long finish; this is the ability to feel the scents and flavors left behind by the wine even after you have long swallowed the wine.
With these easy steps, you can now proudly attend any wine tasting event and confidently taste the wine like the professionals do.