It is fun to do a wine tasting as you will open a new set of ideas on how to choose the best wine. It will not matter whether you’re a first-timer or an expert. These can boost your knowledge to determine which wine is the best to have. You can use these simple steps to see more whether the wine has the best ingredients to it.
Wine tasting needs to be taken seriously. You need to focus on your sense of smell, sight, and taste. The first thing you need to do is look carefully at the wine that is pouring into your glass. You will learn a lot by looking. While examining the wine that pours in your glass check the legs, opacity, and color.
The opacity and color will give you a hint of what age the wine is and the grape that is being used. White wines are yellow and it adds pigment as they are aging. Red wines are losing their color and become brown as they get old. The legs of the wine will give you a hint of how much alcohol content it has.
Give it a slow swirl and your wine will drip down on the side of the glass. It will also leave the legs behind. You will also observe other wines that are having a slower flow on the side of the glass. This means a higher alcohol content.
The climate also has an important role in making the color of the wine. Those grapes that are from a cool climate can have thin skin. The color of the wine will also depend on the skin of the grapes. The thinner it is the less color it gives.
After pouring it into your glass, you want to smell the wine first. You can tilt it and bring it closer to your nose but not too close. You need to determine what you’re smelling; there could be floral hints, citrus, and more. The smell of the wine can tell you where it was made, the aging process being used, and more.
To make it easier for you to determine the smell, make it into three groups of smells. First, you need to determine whether the wine has a floral, herbal, or fruit scent. Second, determine the fermentation processes. Once you smell a wine that is bread-like they use yeast in the process. And the last is to know the aging process. It could be from an oak treatment that is making a different smell but it will depend on what oak it was used. Cocoa from Hungarian oak and vanilla from French oak.
The wine is aging in the bottle and it still continues to develop. Producing a young wine can give you a fruity smell compared to an old bottle of wine. The wine gives you a lot of flavors to taste.
Before you take a sip of your wine you need to think of the main distinctive taste. Those are acidity, sweetness, body, and tannins. While you sip the wine better swipe it around your mouth to coat it around your tongue. It is important for your tongue to taste to determine the flavors that it has. When the wine is dry there should be no sugar and you would not taste any sweetness. The side of your tongue can determine the acidity and creates a rich sensation.
Tannin is the drying sensation around your mouth when you start drinking the wine. It has two types of tannins; grape tannins which are found in the skin, stems, and seeds of the grape. Oak tannins are smoother and softer. You will feel the wood tannins in your tongue while the grape tannins will dry your mouth and teeth in front.