Regardless of where your wine came from, knowing how to properly taste it is a great way to get the most out of the purchase. The following steps are easy to follow, and will help you enhance your knowledge and experience when tasting your wines.
Step 1: The Swirl
Why do people swirl wine in their glasses? When wine comes in contact with the air, it releases esters-volatile liquids that give the wine its aromatic qualities. Next time you have a glass of wine, pour the liquid into your glass until it’s half full, then give it a spin and let the wine breathe.
Step 2: The Sniff
One of the greatest pleasures of wine is its bouquet, or nose. In fact, much of what you think you taste in a wine is actually what you smell. Take a few seconds to draw in a deep breathe of your wine’s complex aromas. In other words, stop to smell the roses (or some of the other countless, wonderful aromas within every wine).
Step 3: The Sip
To experience the flavor of a wine to the fullest, take a small amount of the liquid and an equal amount of air into your mouth. Let the flavors dance on your tongue for a moment before swallowing. Then, savor the “finish” of the wine, or the pleasant aftertaste that lingers in your mouth after the wine is gone. Finally… REPEAT.