The right way of wine-tasting

A glass of wine might be just something to drink for you; it also might be a symbol of your class, but there are very few people who actually understand the art and depth of wine. The subject of wine is a very deep-rooted topic. It is almost like an iceberg. 

All you can see from the surface is the tip of an iceberg, but not everyone has the capacity to view or know the whole thing from underneath.

There are so many varieties of wine and each bottle of wine has a different history and story behind it. So people all over the world appreciate the level and class of wine and they love to attend and encourage a lot of wine-making and wine-tasting programmes. People organize the wine-tasting events at vineyards where people can get together and share their love for wine. There are even some wine clubs like  which creates an atmosphere for wine lovers where they uncover the soul of the wine- its history, story, making and its essence.
There are people who are really passionate about wine but are anxious about attending one of these occasions just because they don’t know the right way of tasting a wine. This is an art which everyone does not excel at. So here is a simplified and the perfect answer on how to taste a wine. You can practice it all by yourself and then attend a wine- tasting without hesitation.

  1. Sight: It all starts with the right way of holding a wine glass; that is holding the glass lightly by the stem, and then you look into the glass. You can learn a lot about the wine just by looking attentively at it. Tilt the glass a bit, and notice the color of the wine from the rim to the center of the glass. You can judge the following things just be observing the wine through the eyes:
        Age: Red wines usually become transparent as it gets old and white ones to become more yellow and brown.
        Alcohol content: Thicker the wine more is the content of alcohol in it.
        Variety of grape used
        Sugar content
        Acidity level

  1. Swirl: A swirl is the most crucial step in wine tasting process. A quick swirl reveals thousands of secrets that the wine holds. The color that is obtained after the swirl, the aroma that it gives, and its texture: everything is hidden behind that one swirl. Start practicing with semi small swirls in the start in order to avoid any spills. Most of all, a wine is best tasted when it is full of oxygen and swirling the wine aerates it fully. Notice your wine after a swirl; if it has formed legs. More the better. Wine leg is basically the oil residue that goes around in the glass. It tells about the glycerine and alcohol content that is available in your wine. 
  2. Sniff: Some people like to stay poised and gentle, and take a few short sniffs. But the actual way, in fact, the only way to smell a wine properly is by totally immersing your nose into the glass. Give it a considerable long sniff. You can go back and forth and give a few short sniffs in between the long ones. There are many components existing in that one glass which gives different aromas to different people. We all just express our aroma in different words and expressions. All it needs is a strong sense of smell. Sniffing this grape drink even tells us about the kind of climate it was made in- cool, warm or a moderate climate. We can also about how the wine was balanced with other fruits or herbs to get perfect texture and taste. We can even tell know about the faults (if any) in the wine. Vinegar like smell indicates that the wine might be too acidic. A strong musty old smell implies that the wine is spoiled and unfit to drink.
  3. Sip: Your palate tells you what your eyes and nose could not. Always take the smallest of sips; understand and relish each sip of the wine like you need to know more about it. You may get different flavors on your palate at every intake. Make sure you go back on sniffing and swirling the wine after every couple of sips. Be careful not to gulp your wine. Also, always keep your observation mode on while tasting. There is a difference between the initial tasting and the after flavors you get. The flavor that lingers in your mouth afterward is the actual impression of the wine.
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