by April Kerr

Wine tasting is a wonderful way to settle on what kinds of wines you like without having to go out and purchase many different bottles of wine. Pretty much every winery provides wine tastings and many restaurants and wine stores will offer wine tastings so that you can experience and taste new wines. Numerous times these wine tastings can be a great help as the wine maker may be present and can provide you lots of info on the wine.

Glasses are very important when wine tasting as there is a reason that you should drink wine out of wine glasses instead of jam jars. Wine glasses were formed to show the wine to its best.

Wine glasses will permit the wine aroma to be released and then trapped in the glass so you can enjoy the aromas from the wine. Red wine glasses tend to be larger than white wine glasses and dessert wines and fortified wines are served in much smaller glasses.

The initial step to tasting wine is to give it a nice swirl and evaluate the color and clarity. Wine shouldn’t have any particles in it. You also should look at the color and the color tones. If a red wine is starting to have brown tinges then it is getting old while a white wine that is going dark gold or orange is becoming oxidized or past its peak drinking age.

Once you have decided that the color is fine you can then smell the wine. Prior to actually sticking your nose in the glass you want to swirl the wine so that the aromas are released into the air. The shape of the wine glass actually traps the aromas. As you become a more experienced wine taster you will be able to distinguish more aromas.

Once you have smelled the wine you can go ahead and taste the wine. When you taste wine you want to take a mouthful and then swirl it around in your mouth. You can also breathe in a little air to bring out more of the flavors and aromas. There are aromas you can smell when the wine is in your mouth as well as in moth flavors such as fruit, spices, oak, peppers and more.

The last part of wine tasting is the mouth feel and finish. This is what you feel in your mouth after you swallow or spit out the wine. Many times you can feel a drying sensation; the wine taste can linger for a long time. The wine can be tingly or acidic or it can be mouth coating.

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