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Learning to Taste Wine

Wine Specialist

People get very apprehensive about wine tastings. They are scared that they are not going to be able to pick out the flavors that other people are finding, and this can cause some people to simply decide not to attend. However, if you don’t start, you’re never going to be able to say that you truly understand wine, since tasting is such an important part of everything about wine. When you go to a wine tasting, just remember a few things to make sure it goes fairly smoothly. For example, always make sure that you hold the wine glass by the stem, rather than the bowl, this is just standard etiquette. It’s also worth making sure that you have some water on hand so you can give your mouth a refresh between different wines.

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The first thing everyone will comment on is the color of the wine. This is not something that is necessarily too important for you, but it’s worth just saying how you feel about the colors that you see. Remember, it’s always an opinion, so don’t be afraid to speak up. Then you’re going to want to swirl the wine around the glass. This will give it breathing room and open up new flavors to the wine, so that it is ready to taste. Don’t do it too vigorously, however, because you may end up spraying wine everywhere.

Once you’re finished swirling, give the wine a small sip and start swirling it around your mouth. Make sure it touches every part of your mouth, from the back of your tongue to the front, which is where most of your taste buds are held. Once you’ve swallowed, you should try to remember how it felt when you swallowed it, and what kind of tastes lingered. As long as you keep thinking about what you taste, then you should be fine. Don’t feel too intimidated by wine events; they only require a little bit of prior knowledge about different varieties of wine.

About The Author

Andrea Stevens has become a trusted and well recognized name within the wine industry and her keen expertise and ability to critique wine is second to none. Andrea has been recognized several of times within the wine industry for her article writing and ability to educate, even beginners to the world of wine. Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur, or simply want to become one, there is a lot you can learn from Mrs. Stevens and her wealth of knowledge and expert writing style.