Four Basic Steps Of Wine Tasting
Properly participating in a wine tasting is easier than you may think. According to Wine Folly there are four basic steps you must take in order to taste wine properly:
With these four steps, you can learn a lot about a glass of wine, from the type of grape used to the aging process. Let’s break down each step.
When you first get your glass of wine, take a few seconds to observe the color, opacity and viscosity of the wine. By checking for these you can gather information about the type of grape used and the alcohol content. In this step, tip the glass to the side so the light can pass through it. Make note of how deep the color is. When you swirl the glass, watch for how the wine runs down the side. A sweeter wine will flow more slowly down the sides of the glass, and wines with a higher alcohol content will produce more tears (droplets or streaks that form on the inside of the glass).
Now that you have observed the appearance of the wine, it’s time to use your sense of smell. There is a lot you can learn about a glass of wine from the way it smells. Most people use the terms aroma and bouquet when they’re wine tasting. The aroma consists of the primary scents associated with the glass of wine. This comes from the type of grape used. Each grape variety is associated with specific fruity, floral and herbal scents. The bouquet of a wine is developed through the aging process and produces notes of yeast, nuts and spice.
After taking in the sight and smell of the wine, you’re now ready to give it a taste. As you sip the wine, you’ll want to pay attention to not only the flavors you notice but also the way the wine coats the inside of your mouth. Some characteristics to look for when wine tasting are:
The sweeter the wine, the less acidic it is
The more acidic the wine is, the lighter and more tart it will taste
- Tannin: How much does the wine stick to your mouth? The more tannins present in the wine, the drier it will make your mouth feel. Wines with more tannins will also taste bitter and astringent
You’ll be able to feel a burning sensation at the back of your throat; the higher the alcohol content, the more you’ll feel it.
flavors: Were you surprised by any other flavors you didn’t notice when
smelling the wine?
The sweetness, acidity, tannins and alcohol all contribute to the body of the wine. The body of the wine is how bold it tastes in your mouth.
The final piece to wine tasting is thinking about it. Of course, you do this throughout the entire process, but now you will take all the information you have gathered and make your verdict on the wine. What did you appreciate about the wine? What did you not like? Did the aroma and bouquet contribute to the taste? These are just a few questions to consider as you think about the glass of wine you tasted.
By looking, smelling, tasting and thinking about a glass of wine, you’ll be able to fully appreciate the complexities and subtle differences of each bottle. When you stay at Country Willows Inn you’ll be able to visit some of the region’s award-winning wineries, where you can put your new wine tasting skills to use. Book your next getaway with us, today!