How to taste...
Wine is part of everyday life. Get bogged down in the so-called mystique and you’ll probably miss the point. Its up to you what you think of a wine - no one is “right” or “wrong” in deciding what a wine tastes like. Take a little time to pay attention to what you’re tasting and I will guarantee you will enjoy your wine more.
Look – Pour the wine into the glass so that it is a third full and tilt it against a light background so you can see the range of colours in the wine. Look at the rim of the liquid not the middle. It should be clear and bright and not cloudy or hazy. The appearance of the wine will tell you about the likely flavour, weight and age. Wine from very sunny climates tend to have rich vibrant colours. As a wine ages, whites gather deeper golden hues which can also indicate oaky or sweet flavours. Young reds often have a purple tinge which darkens to brick red with age.
Swirl and Sniff – It’s important to give the wine in the glass a good old swirl to help release its aroma. Then stick your nose into the glass close to the liquid and take one or more good sniffs.
You should be hit by a range of amazing smells a wine can have. Any unpleasant smells usually means you’re not likely to enjoy drinking it. The nice aromas are good clues to the flavours in the wine. Remembering the different flavours and smells will help you compare different wines.
Slurp – Now you are ready to taste. Make sure you take a decent slurp into your mouth – enough to properly coat the tongue and all areas of the mouth. Swirl and “chew” the liquid around your mouth and then suck some air through the wine before you swallow it. This sipping and slurping ensures the wine’s flavours reach all the various taste sensors in the mouth.While this is all going on, think about the taste and textures you are picking up.
Then you can make the final decision – did you like it or not?