Thursday, February 3, 2011

How to Taste a Wine

Wine tasting – part 1

This may come as a surprise to you, ’wine tasting’ is not ‘drinking’ wine.
Yes, yes, I know, wine is made to drink and enjoy, but,  there are times when you want to ‘sample a wine’ to see if it suits your palette.
Knowing how to do that, e.g. mastering the art of ‘wine tasting’ is the key to getting the most enjoyment out of choosing and drinking wine.
For those of you that know little about wine, the thought of going to a wine tasting class may seem a little off putting. Most people tend to drink wine with meals so the thought of ‘going to school’ to ‘learn’ may well be a bit off-putting.
The good news is ….. wine tasting lessons aren’t all serious affairs. The basic elements to wine tasting are easy to learn and the result will be that you will learn what wines you enjoy – or dislike – and equally important – why.
Anyone can be a good taster! The less unimpaired sense of smell and taste you have …

Wine tasting – part 2

Use your EYES
Pour a tasting sample into a glass so that it’s no more than one quarter full.
First check the wine is clear (cloudiness or fizzyness usually indicate a fault), and look straight down on it to see how intense the colour is. The deeper the red, the younger wine and or thicker-skinned the grape.
Red wines become more pale with age, white wines deeper.
Tilt the glass away from you against a white background and look at the colour in the middle of the liquid and around the rim.
All wines turn ‘brown’ with age and the rim is the first place where any brick colour is noticable. Young reds are more purplish-blue than brick. Ols reds loose thier colour completely at the rim.
The glossier the colour and the more subtely shaded its differant colour gradations, the better the wine.
Use your NOSE
Take one sniff with all your concentration, then, swirl the wine …Watch Video :

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