How to Taste Wine Like a Pro in 5 Simple Steps

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How to Taste Wine Like a Pro in 5 Simple Steps

Tasting wine may seem daunting at first, but with a few simple steps, you can learn to fully appreciate each sip.

Here is a guide in five steps to taste wine like a pro, even if you're a beginner in the world of wine.

1. Observe the Colour

Start by observing the wine's colour. Hold your glass by the base, tilt it slightly, and take note of the liquid's hue. The color can provide clues about the wine's age and the type of grape used. Young white wines often show a fresh pale yellow or greenish tint, evolving into richer gold with age. Young red wines start vibrant in purple or red, maturing to a refined ruby-red, or even brick-orange with age, signaling extended cellar time and complexity.

2. Smell the Aromas

Bring your nose close to the glass and take a deep breath. The olfactory senses in wine tasting involve inhaling the volatile compounds released by the wine, which, upon detection by receptors in the nose, contribute to the complex bouquet and flavour perception, enhancing the overall tasting experience. Red wines may have notes of red fruits, leather, or spices, while whites can be floral, fruity, or even have a hint of vanilla.

3. Swirl the Wine

Gently swirl the wine in your glass. This action releases the aromas and allows the wine to breathe and open. Observe the "legs" of the wine, the droplets running down the glass walls, indicating viscosity and alcohol content.

4. Taste and Savour

Take a small sip and let the wine spread across your palate. Try to perceive different flavours, from fruits to spices to woody notes. Consider the wine's texture - is it light and crisp or full-bodied and velvety.

5. Evaluate the Finish

The finish, or the after-taste of the wine, is equally important. How long do the flavours linger in your mouth? A long finish often signifies a quality wine.

By following these five simple steps, you'll be able to taste wine more thoughtfully and develop your own sensitivity to subtle nuances. Remember that wine tasting is a personal experience, so trust your own preferences and enjoy it !

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