by Irene Mmari
Wine tasting is not as hard as you think. You don’t need to have formal training and anyone can do it. As far as etiquette is concerned, the ladies are normally served up before the men. Be prepared to be given bottled water served at room temperature at your wine tasting party. You might find this peculiar but the water is used to clean the roof of the mouth out ready for the next sample of wine. Make sure that the water you are given is not too cold as this can shock the roof of the mouth and ruin the taste of your next drink.
You shouldn’t cup the glass in the palm of your hand, instead you should hold it by the stem while wine tasting. One thing that individuals don’t realize is that the palm of your hand is warm and this can warm up the wine therefore changing the sample.
Sampling the wine doesn’t just involve putting the wine in your mouth and roll it about your tongue a couple of times before spitting or swallowing.
Looking at the coloring is the first thing you should do when wine sampling. The glasses served up should always be clean and clear in order for you take a good look at the wine. Use a white backdrop when checking the colour of the wine, this will enable you to see the true colour and clarity of the wine. White doesn’t always mean white when it come to wine, you can sometimes find white wine with a brown, yellow or even green shade. Again red isn’t always a pure red, you can have many different shaded but older red wine tend to be a little lighter.
Try doing a rim test and look at the coloring of the wine, this can give you some indication as to the age or flavour. You can tell the age of the wine by tilting the glass and observing the different colors, a purple colour will be a young wine and a brown color will indicate an older wine.
The next step is to smell the wine, first swirl the wine around the glass to expose the wine to the air, position the glass close to your nostril and inhale deeply. The wine could have been in the bottle for a little as six months to many years so by twirling the wine you will be releasing the flavors. mixing wine from the bottle with air is no different that mixing all the ingredients together when cooking.
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