Wine tasting is not as difficult as you think. You can easily start tasting wine with some practise and a little training. Etiquette orders that the men should make sure the ladies are always served up their wine first. In most wine sampling parties, you can expect to be served with a room temperature bottled water. You might find this peculiar but the water is used to clean your palate out ready for the next taste of wine. Cold water is not served up as this water will shock the roof of the mouth which can impact the taste of the wine.
Holding the wine glass by the base and not the bowl in the palm of your hand is crtical when it comes to wine tasting. One thing that people don’t realize is that the palm of your hand is warm and this can warm up the wine therefore changing the taste.
Most people think that wine tasting is just a matter of wrapping the wine about your mouth before you either spit it out or swallow it.
The first thing to do when wine sampling to to look at the color Being able to see the wine clearly is important so make sure the glass you are using is clean. To be able to see the wine and its true color clearly you should use a white background, some individuals use a white table cloth. White doesn’t always mean white when it come to wine, you can sometimes find white wine with a brown, yellow or even green shade. When looking at the color of a red wine you will notice that they come in different shades, the older the wine the lighter it is.
The colour of the wine will also indicate the age or the flavour, try doing a lip examination to look at the color of the wine. Just tilt the glass and look at the wine, if it is purplish in color, it points that the wine is young, if it is brownish, it means that it is an older wine.
smelling the wine is the next step, swirl the wine around the rim of the glass to air it then take a deep breath through your nose to smell the scent. The wine could have been in the bottle for a little as six months to many years so by twirling the wine you will be releasing the flavours. If you have ever done any cooking you will blend in the different flavours so mixing wine with air is no different.