You might think that you can just start tasting wines left and right without knowing anything about the craft. After all, the point is to taste several different types of wine, right? Not exactly.
The point of a wine tasting is to try out different kinds of wine to generate a sale for the vineyard that you are visiting. It isn’t a good idea to just pick up a bottle of wine and take it home, because there is a huge chance that you just picked the wrong type of wine for the occasion you are planning in your head.
Continue reading to learn how to improve your wine tasting skills.
Types of Wines
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grape juice. Your average bottle of wine contains between 300 and 900 grapes. This may seem like a ton of grapes.
It’s important to remember, however, that wine grapes are different than your average grape. In fact, they tend to be smaller and sweeter with thicker skin. Wine grapes also have seeds in them.
Out of the thousands of wine grapes in existence, there are 100 that make up the majority of vineyards around the world. The most planted type of wine grape happens to be Cabernet Sauvignon (pronounced: cab-err-nay saw-vin-yon). Other common wines that you might come across during a wine tasting are Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Tips for Wine Tasting
To get the most out of a wine tasting, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. If you aren’t in the right environment, it can mess up how you perceive the wine. The tasting should occur in:
- The early afternoon, before lunch
- A well-lit, well-ventilated, quiet area
- The right glass at the right temperature (room temperature)
When you are partaking in a wine tasting, it’s important that you:
- Avoid eating overly flavorful food
- Take a moment to detect the flavors in the wine
- Rinse your mouth between different types of wine
- Hold your wine glass by the stem to avoid warming up the wine
- Swirl the wine before sipping to allow it to breathe
Doing all of this allows you to figure out the wine characteristics. You will also want to use your sense of smell in tandem with your sense of taste (so don’t wear any overpowering perfume or cologne that day!).
You must taste your wines in the right order. It’s important to try the white wines before the red wines. You’ll want to try the lighter wines before the heavier wines.
Wine tasting means opening several bottles of wine at one time. If you are hosting a wine tasting party, you should consider purchasing a Coravin to aid in wine preservation. This will help you to make sure that you are properly sealing them for future freshness. There are several options to choose from, in fact, you can find more here.
Wine Tasting Party?
Now that you know a little more about wine tasting, you should be able to bring home the right wine for your next special occasion. You will also learn which wines you should avoid and which wines you absolutely do not like so that you don’t buy them in the future.
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