The Art Of Wine Tasting

On August 3, 2012, in Guest Blog, by satnightfoodies

Wine lovers and wine makers have particular appreciation on wine tasting. Imagine entering a wine cellar that has bottles coming from different countries—France, Italy or Spain to name a few. It makes you feel as if you were transported in a rustic place. There is a particular way of tasting wines. It’s not merely as easy as smelling it then drinking it. There are more things about it.

Learn wine tasting with these easy steps:

  • Observe the color and clarity of the wine poured in a wine glass. Red wine can be maroon, garnet, red, ruby, purple, brick or brownish. White wine can be clear, pale yellow, straw-like, light green, golden, amber or brown. The correct way of distinguishing the color and clarity is by tilting the glass a few meters from you then look at the rim edges to the center or middle of the glass where you will see the wine color. Differentiate between red or white wine then choose what specific kind of red or white it is.
  • Know the opacity of the wine. Tilt the wine glass and swirl it. It may either be watery or dark, translucent or opaque, dull or brilliant, cloudy or clear. Check it there are floaters such as cork bits and others particular matters.
  • Know the age of wines. Older wine usually has an orange tint than those made recently. Old white wines are darker than new ones made.
  • Smell the wine. For the first impression of its smell, swirl the wine glass for 10 to 15 minutes as the aroma evaporates in the air then take a whiff of it. For second impressions, inhale deeply with your nose going further inside the wine glass. You will ether smell vanilla, citrus, flowers, berries or oak.  The wine aroma tells you if it has good quality. Swirl it again to mix the aromas then take a sniff.
  • Taste the wine. Let the liquid touch your taste buds. Drink a small sip and roll it around your mouth. There are three phases:
    • Attack phase that gives your tongue the first impression. The alcohol content, acidity, tannin levels and residual sugar are the factors you will have to know upon tasting the wine. It blends together in varying intensity: sweet or dry, soft or firm, light or heavy and crisp or creamy.
    • Evolution/Mid-Palate/Mid-Range phase is when the tongue tastes the wine completely. Red wine varies so it’s either fruity (berry, plum, prune, fig); spicy (pepper, clove, cinnamon) or woody (oak, cedar, smoky). White wine is either fruity (apple, pear, citrus, tropical); floral; honey; butter; herbs or earthiness flavor.
    • Final Phase is the last stage wherein you swallow the wine. Know whether it’s light like water, medium like milk or full like cream. The consistent differs. Is there an aftertaste to it or the taste didn’t last long? Does it make you want to drink more or was it too bitter? Know the last impression if it’s fruit, butter or oak.
    • Record the impressions you got upon tasting the wine. Take note of the taste (sweet, sour, bitter); acidity and food to accompany the wine (cheese, bread or heavy meal). You will know whether you will purchase it or not. Write down the label, manufacturer and the date it was made.

These are just the basic steps in rating a particular wine. Of course experts may have other procedures. And even if you are busy with wine-tasting, make sure that you handle wine glass with care. For a great selection of wine glass rack, you may visit

Author Bio:

Liz De Ocampo owns a blog about food and drinks. She’s also passionate about writing interesting topics such as finding the best wine glass rack, tasting exquisite wine, and cooking with wine recipes.

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