Drinking wine can be relaxing, fun, and social. You don’t have to be an expert to properly taste wine – all you need is a glass, some wine and your brain.
Follow this five step process on how to professional taste wine:
1. Hold the glass to the light or against a white background and look at the wine’s colour and clarity. Colour and opacity can reveal the approximate age, alcohol, grape variety, sugar,and climate the wine was grown.
2. Bring the glass to your nose and inhale. Try to pick up on the dominant scent – fruity smells are the easiest to pick up on.
3. Gently swirl the wine in the glass and smell it again. Exposing it to air will reveal new scents that weren’t distinguishable before.
4. Take a sip of the wine and draw it over your tongue. Hold it in your mouth for a few moments and explore the flavours. Try to see if they match the flavours you smelled. Here are some common aromas and terms to help you describe what you are tasting.
5. Swallow the wine and take notice to the after taste in your mouth. Some people spit out their wine to avoid getting tipsy but that’s just a waste of good wine.
If you are looking for a place to start I recommend going to the London Wine Bar. They have a comprehensive wine selection and lots of bread, cheese and jams to enjoy as well. If you’re feeling eager you could even join their wine club!
Next time you enjoy a glass of wine try these steps out. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
That’s all for now!