Wine Tasting For Beginners

Attending wine tasting events can be a great experience and a lot of fun,.  Many people choose not to attend out of fear – either not knowing what to do or what to expect. Even though there are no mysteries to wine tasting, there are some things to keep in mind.

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During a wine tasting event, women are always served before the men. Some tastings will serve you bottled water between tastings. This is so you can clean your mouth out and be ready to taste the next wine that is served. When you take the wine, you should always handle the glass by the stem, to avoid heating it with your hands. There will also be crackers and other goodies on hand as well, to help you cleanse your mouth between wine tastings. As you may already know, you can tell quite a bit about the wine by the color. When you attend a wine tasting for the first time, you’ll notice that the glasses are clear. This helps you to examine the wine better. There should also be white tablecloth on the table as well, to help you see the color the wine more clearly. You should never go by the name of the wine alone, as it can easily fool you.

Basics – Swirl, Smell, Taste

You will also notice the more experienced wine tasters swirl their wine around in the glass before they taste it. Although it may look weird, slightly swirling the wine actually helps to bring out the flavor. Most wines have been aging in bottles for long periods of time, sometimes even years.

Swirl

When the wine is swirled around in the glass, the swirling will release the flavors in the wine and bring them out when the wine is tasted. At wine tastings, you’ll need to look at the wine, smell it, then after swirling it around in the glass – taste it.

Smell

Smells play an integral part of the process; and you will get a lot more from the wine by smelling it first. Wine has quite an intriguing aroma, which helps to bring out the taste that wine is so well known for. Once you have smelled the wine, allow a few moments to take in the smell and think about the wine that you are smelling.

Taste

Last but not least, you will want to know how to properly taste the wine. Your tongue has taste buds in the front and the back, which helps to detect flavors. Wine is full of flavors, and how you taste it will make the biggest impact. When you put the wine in your mouth, you should always swish it around for a few seconds. This allows the flavors plenty of time to dance on your palate. Once your taste buds have started to discover the wine, you can think about what you are tasting. After swallowing the wine, the aftertaste that remains in your mouth willgive you even more of an idea as to the type and flavor of the wine.

Before you attend a wine tasting, you should learn as much as you can about the different flavors and varieties of wine. This way, you’ll have a better understanding of what you should look for in both taste and flavor. Even though you may be new to wine tasting, you should never pass up an opportunity to go. You’ll get a great experience in the world of wine tasting and get to experience wines that you may have never heard of before.