Before you pour your wine, throw back your head and dump your wine down the old shoot, you might want to slow it down a bit. There are basically four points to consider when tasting wine: appearance, smell, taste, and finish. Let’s go through each one. We are going to review the first one in this post.
Appearance or Courting the Wine:
You can tell a lot about a person on a first date if you are willing to listen and pay attention. Similar to dating, you can tell a lot about wine just from its appearance: grape variety, origin, age, and whether or not it spent any time in wood barrels. Therefore take some time to notice some of these details.
After you have poured your wine, take notice of the color. Tilt the glass away from you in front of a white background. As a white wine gets older it gets darker in color. As a red wine gets older, it gets lighter in color. Notice if there is a variation in color in the wine. The greater variation in color from the center to the edge, the older the wine. If either color looks brown, it is more than likely spoiled and dated. Here is a helpful color chart to help you identify wines by there color: Wine Color Chart.
Similar to love, patience is key in wine tasting, you don’t want to make a mad dash to the bedroom before foreplay has even started and end up finishing early without experiencing the joy and pleasure of the build up. So, before even thinking about swirling your wine, never mind putting it in your mouth, smell the wine in this calm state when the aromas are most volatile. You will be able to determine if the wine is faulty or spoiled. Take mental note of the aromas before you swirl. Your getting the hang of this and as a result your going to have more satisfying experience.
Ah…teasing, flirting and being a bit coy, she is ready to breathe. It’s time to swirl your wine to open her up, the oxygen will release the less volatile aromas so you can get the full essence of her. STOP! WAIT, before you stick your honker in the glass and take a whiff, try to notice the thickness and alcohol content of the wine by checking out her legs. Do the legs/tears run down the side of the glass slowly or quickly? Are they small or big? The quicker they run, the lighter the wine and less alcohol. The slower they run, the heavier or more thick the wine and more alcohol. Additionally the more legs the more alcohol, but don’t be fooled the alcohol content doesn’t mean quality.
Lastly if your tasting a red, check out the rim, eh hem, stay with me here, keep it clean! The rim variation is another term for meniscus which simply is the rim of the wine in a glass that can tell you the age and concentration of a wine. Generally speaking, the more variation in color from the center to the edge the older the wine will be.
Your patience is paying off. Now you’re ready to advance to second base: it’s time to smell the wine. Lift your glass to your nose, not your mouth as tempting as that may be, and take a whiff, but not to much ‘cuz you don’t want to drink it through your nose, that would be most unattractive and embarrassing.
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