Wine Tasting as Art and Science
Wine tasting is both science and art. And to many people, it’s a mystery, but don’t let that deter you. Anyone can learn to taste wine properly. In order to have a true understanding of wine tasting, it is essential to turn on your imagination and set all of your senses to function. Tasting wine properly requires attention. You will not taste a tenth of what a great wine can offer if you drink it like water.
Wine Tasting as art and science begins with:
Regardless of the kind of wine you are tasting, the very first thing to analyze is the color. The next thing to notice is the level of purity, i.e. if the wine is turbid or clear. The color range for red wines is huge: from purple violet, that will usually be common in young wines, towards the amber color wines, usually old wines. The color may further be ruby, deep red, cherry, etc.
The very first thing you’ll noticed about white wines is they’re never white. A little pale-green or nearly colorless wine shows that the wine is young. Yellow color is a feature of sweet wines. Gold color is represents an old wine.
Anytime wine is put into a glass, smell it! Don’t hesitate to express what you experience: concentrate on how you feel, attempt to determine what the smell specifically tells you. There are three kinds of smells in wine tasting. The primary smell is the grape’s fragrance from which the wine was made. This smell can be determined without actually pouring a glass; it’s enough to uncork a bottle. The secondary smell occurs as a result of wine fermentation. The tertiary smell occurs due to aging of the wine. Stick your nose into the glass and say what fragrances come mind.
Taste occurs on the tongue. Sweetness is experienced along the tip of the tongue, a bitter feeling is experienced along the larynx and salinity is felt at the tongue edges. After the first few seconds of tasting a wine, you’ll taste the sweetness. Then comes the bitterness, salinity or acidity of the wine.
Have a drink and let the wine soak into your mouth. After a few moments, swallow. The longer the after-taste remains, the more bitter the wine tends to be.
Your final impression is the combination of these things and ultimately, how you feel about the wine.
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