Wine tasting has been used for umpteen years and is the chief method to assess wine. The method of wine tasting was developed so that a person could explore all the different facets of wine as well as the fact that a common language could be developed no matter where the wine is from. Wine tasting is done at wine stores, wine bars, restaurants and wineries. A wine tasting can be a good way to find new wines and ascertain if you enjoy a certain wine.
Glasses are really 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 designed to show the wine to its best.
Wine glasses will allow the wine aroma to be released and then trapped in the glass so you can take pleasure in 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 far smaller glasses.
The first step to tasting wine is to give it a nice swirl and evaluate the color and clarity. Wine should not 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 determined 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.
The next step is to taste the wine. You must take a decent mouth full and swirl it about your mouth. Those that have practice can even inhale a small amount of air into your mouth with the wine. This can bring out more flavors and smells in the wine while it is in your mouth. Though if you have never done this before I would practice at home first.
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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