Possibly, many a time you must have seen people smelling, swirling, and sipping wine, and then spitting it like it tasted real bad. Perhaps this must have left you wondering why people do all this. What does this mean? Well, this is the real way to taste wine. If you too want to enjoy the experience of tasting wine like experts then there are some steps given below to help you. The more you learn the intricacies, the more will you enjoy wine tasting, and it surely is going to be a whole lot of fun.
Assess wine by its appearance
Firstly, you need to tilt the glass of wine and hold it right in front of your face. This will help you assess the color and shades of the wine. If you want to enjoy an even better look, then it will be best to hold your glass in front of some white backdrop. Look for clarity and intensity. If there is any haziness or if it’s cloudy then the wine is unfiltered. The color of wine clearly depicts its age. An old wine will have a deeper color and a younger wine will have a lighter shade.
Now, swirl your glass lightly in a way that it coats the entire glass bowl. When you drink from your glass, a thin liquid film will be created in the interior part that will create droplets which are known legs. These legs will help you determine the wine’s body. If the legs are thick then your wine has a full body and if it is thin then it has a light body.
Assess by aroma
If you want to experience the actual smell of your wine then too giving it a swirl is essential. When you give it a swirl the wine will react with oxygen releasing an aroma, and this will make the wine taste even better.
Now, keep your mouth slightly open and keep your nose close to the glass’ edge. Breathe deeply and let the aroma enter your nose. Rest for a few minutes and then repeat this procedure. This is the best way to assess the wine by its aroma. You need to look for smells like fruity or floral. If the wine smells like cardboard or releases a damp smell then it is a corked wine. This is the result of the wine being infected by a fungus known as TCA, which no more allows you to experience the actual smell of that wine. It is not necessarily harmful, but it can certainly affect the taste.
This wine tasting step needs quite a lot of time before you get the hang of it. Your very first sip needs to be followed by inhaling a little air from your mouth. This might seem to be a little difficult initially, but keep trying and you will master it. You need to aerate the wine and discover more scent for your tongue as well as your nose. This step is called trilling.
After you have sipped the wine you need to keep rolling it over your tongue for just a few seconds and next gulp it. While gulping the wine do not forget to exhale. This will make both your taste buds and smelling power work simultaneously. Now, just like you would swish a mouthwash, swish the wine so that your mouth is completely coated. The back of your mouth that connects to your nasal cavity has this tiny passageway with strong smell receptors, and it has a direct connection to your brain. When you follow this method of smelling the glass of wine through your mouth the process is called retro-olfaction.
The last wine tasting step is known as evaluation. You need to take yet another sip, the last one. Now spit it or gulp it, and carefully observe for how long the taste and smell of the wine linger in your mouth. The longer it stays the better is the quality of the wine.
Developing the ability to understand the taste, smell, and quality of wine does take some practice and a little time. Keep up with Singapore’swinetasting and taste the different types of wine, and it will make your sensory organs more active, helping you determine the quality of wine with absolute ease.