Some people seek to learn how to taste wine and evaluate a glass like an expert. There are a few tips that could help them achieve this. Before starting though, it’s important to ensure that one is in the proper tasting environment.
Good Tasting Conditions
First, one needs to observe the environment and note things that may affect their impressions of the wine. For instance, a crowded, noisy room would make it hard to concentrate. Strong scents and odors could also affect the ability to get a good sense of the wine’s aroma while the flavor could be affected by a glass that’s too small, in the wrong shape, or smells of dust or detergent.
Other vital considerations include the wine’s temperature, age and residual flavors from what one has been drinking or eating. It’s important to neutralize such conditions to get the best sense of the wine. If the glass is too cold, cupping the bowl could help warm it. If it appears musty, a quick rinse with wine, rather than water, while swirling to cover the bowl’s sides would help. If there are strong scents nearby, one should walk away from them as far as they can in an attempt to find neutral air.
Swirling the Glass
This can be done easily by holding it firmly on a flat surface. Swirling in open air isn’t recommended for novices. If the wine forms tears or legs which run down the sides of the glass, one should take note. Wines with good legs are those with more glycerin and alcohol content. This indicates that they’re riper, bigger, denser and more mouth-filling.
There are many guides to help one identify vital wine fragrances. A glass of wine could have numerous aroma components, which makes it hard to find them all. Though naming the various flowers, fruits and herbs that one can pick out can be fun, it’s not important when learning wine tasting.
First, one needs to know how to look for aromas that are an indication of a spoilt wine. A corked wine will smell like a messy old attic. This is a terminal flaw which is unfixable. A wine which was bottled using a too much SO2 will smell like a burnt matchstick. This could blow off if one swirls it too vigorously. Volatile acidity (VA) is indicated by a strong smell of vinegar.
One needs to learn to pick out such common flow. This is about as important as knowing the names of the various flowers and fruits. In addition, it helps the person understand the sensitivities of their own palate and blind spots as well. Uncovering what one can recognize and enjoy is vital when one wants to know how to choose the best wine.