A Skill To Wine Tasting
By kimchernow on December 27, 2012
A fine glass of wine is one of life's great pleasures: a way to wind down after a hard day, a way to celebrate with friends, to complement a well cooked meal. Whether the bottle was purchased at the supermarket or was received as part of seasonal gift boxes, partaking in a glass of wine continues a history of many thousand years of human experience. On a surface level, we sip, we decide if the wine is to our tasting, and we decide if we like it or not. The experience is seldom just about taste though, it is a combination of all our senses contributing to our overall analysis and preferences. Subconsciously, most wine drinkers are also "wine tasters", and it is a matter of mastering the terminology and techniques that elevate us to that status.
The four recognised stages of wine tasting are based on the sense of sight 'appearance'; smell, referred to as 'in glass' or the aroma of the wine; feel, or the 'in mouth' sensations and finally taste, also referred to as 'finish' or aftertaste.
In terms of appearance, you may like to examine the wine in a well lit environment. Determine if it is clear or cloudy. Red wine varies in colour from ruby to almost brownish red. Likewise whites appear more golden as they age. Heavy wines are usually deeper in colour and sweeter ones are somewhat denser.
To determine aroma, we use the classic wine tasting manoeuvre: swirling it in the glass to release its scent. Think about what smell it reminds you of: fruits, spices, woods, and minerals, chocolate, honey... be creative. The top notes are those you notice in your initial smell, a second deeper sniff will reveal more of the wine's complexities.
Touch is determined by the feel of the wine on your tongue. Is it soft or zingy? Flat or prickly? Would you describe it as velvety?
Finally, think about the taste of the wine. Does the wine taste as you expected from its aroma? Carefully suck some air through your lips, allowing the wine to release more esters. You have some 15 million olfactory receptors in your mouth, so allow the wine to linger to get the full taste. You may choose to spit it out if you are going to be tasting many wines, or you may choose to swallow. In any case, concentrate and establish your lasting impression of the wine and its aftertaste.
Record your impressions and compare them with others. By careful recording of your observations, you will be able to more fully explore the variety of wine experiences available.
Many cellars these days offer the sale of wine accompanied by tasting notes as part of gift boxes. This is a great way to develop your repertoire of terminology and enhances your enjoyment of your wine. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7170743
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