How to Taste Wine & Look Professional Too

How to taste wine in the Yarra Valley

You Are a Wine Lover

You love the idea of enjoying the day out with your friends or loved ones over the pleasure of doing winery hopping to satisfy your taste buds with wine tasting.

With so many options available to choose from in the Yarra Valley, boutique wineries to more famous wineries. The excitement can get your mouth watering thinking about all the delicious wine you get to taste over the weekend.

You have been on many winery tours, as it is a great outing but you have no clue of how to taste wine, how do you taste wine and look professional at the same time?

In this article, I will take you through a collection of information available from the Internet sources and compile 5 simple steps on how to taste wine. I have also included an infographic for quicker consumption if you are short on time. We all know time is precious, let’s get to it, shall we?

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5 Steps to Taste Wine

Before we get into, just a quick summary of wine tasting. Tasting wine is like listening to music or cooking food – there are lots of different elements to absorb. The good or bad wine is up to individual wine lover and the taste buds. Everyone has unique tastes and what I like, is different from what you like.

By the end of this article, you will become a professional wine taster. The next time you take a group of your friends and loved ones out, you be the master and guide them to the right techniques like a professional you are.

Step One: Visual Appreciation

When it comes to wine, it’s no different from food, and the first thing is seeing the food or wine with our eyes. With food, you admire the presentation and efforts prepared by the chef, as for wine, we use our eyes to inspect the colour of the wine.

The colour of the wine can tell us a lot with the wine when looking at the wine, you can tilt the wine glass or more accurate at 45 degrees and against white background or surface where you will notice the depth of the colours from rim to the centre of the glass.

Three things to consider when looking at the glass of wine; Colour, Opacity and Viscosity. You can judge the age of wine by analysing the colour and the opacity.

Step Two: Swirl It Baby

Like most wine drinkers often neglect to swirl, I will put my hand up as this is me. How to swirl your glass of wine? Put the glass flat on the table, grab the bottom of the stem and swirl it actively. You want to increase the surface area of the wine to aerate, as it will release more aromas. Don’t swirl more than 6 seconds and if you are going back for a second whiff, give yourself a 20-30 second rest for your senses to recover.

As the wine legs come back down, it can tell us how high or low the alcohol or low sugar is in the wine. The slower and thicker the legs are likely to have more volume of alcohol and sugar.

Sniff Wine

Step Three: Smell the Aromas

You really need to get your nose in the deep, place nose in the tilted glass and take a good whiff. The aromas from the wine can tell us everything; grape varieties, age of the wine and whether it’s oak-aged.

We have about 10,000 different smells our brain can distinguish; every person’s sense of smell is not the same. During sniff test, your buddy next to you will sense something differently compared to you. Note down the first thing that comes to mind; description can include terms like fruity, woody to nutty or spicy.

Tasting Wine

Step Four: Taste Your Wine

This is what you came to do, right? Taste wine! After smelling the aromas, you get the impression of what the wine would taste. Now, take a small sip of the wine and swirl it around in your mouth.

Step Five: Conclusion

Now that you tasted the wine, you have the opportunity to sum it up with your friends or the waiter for their feedback. You can now profile the wine into three categories by describing the wine’s flavour; sweetness, acidity and tannin. 

How to taste wine

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