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Wine Tasting

There is a lot to learn about drinking and enjoying wine. There are dozens of different grapes and grape combinations as well as regions which drastically affect the taste of your wine.

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

Use the white subtabs above to navigate the other Wine Tasting resources. We have a Wine Tasting forum where you can get your questions & doubts answered, a page with Wine Tasting how-to videos, a page with the best handpicked links to other sites, and a page with the best Wine Tasting books and products.

Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Wine Tasting As A Hobby


We’ve heard a lot about wine tasting, and often it seems intimidating since one is not quite sure about what to do! But to take up wine tasting as a hobby, all you need is your senses! Then come the right atmosphere, focus, an imaginative way of expressing yourself, an excellent memory, etc. Anyone can learn to become a wine taster with some guidance and there are several institutions that offer wine tasting courses for different levels.




Why taste wine?


Specifically, we observe the color, the aroma or fragrance, the flavor and the sensation of the wine inside the mouth. You are probably wondering, why taste wine? There are many objectives of wine tasting. Firstly, it helps to assess the quality and value of the wine. Then, you can decide whether the wine can be served to drink – or whether it must be stored in the bottle for longer. The flavor and fragrance can be examined for study. There are various aspects of the wine that are appreciated and these also help to identify any shortcomings in the wine. Basically, tasting the wine helps to know and understand the wine and there are many methods used by wine tasters. Expert wine tasters remember wines, including the way it tasted and what they liked about it!




Types Of Wines


Did you know that wines are differentiated by type according to whether they are sweet or dry and their appearance? As a result, you have the following:




• Sparkling wines, which are bubbly, white and rather dry, which means they are not sweet.




• Dessert wines that are quite sweet


 


• Table wines that can be white, a blush pink or red in color and can be dry or sweet.




• Fortified wines, which are better known as port wine or sherry.




When you visit a winery, the most popular wines there are the table wines.




Steps To Wine Tasting


Now let us look at the main steps you will come across in a wine-tasting session. Here’s what you will experience:




• The color of the wine, since its age is arrived at by its color. So, darker wines are older. The best wines are more concentrated in taste.




• The aroma is strong in quality wines. Wines that smell good are good wines.




• The taste of the wine




• The assessment of the wine – made by the perception that the longer the taste and smell linger in your mouth, the better the wine.


 


Tasting the wine, as mentioned earlier is a matter of using your senses.




How will we do this?




Seeing the wine: White wines are light yellow or golden in appearance. Red wines are a brick red or purplish in color and then we have the pink wine. To know the exact shade, you raise your glass and see it against a white background.




Smelling the wine: the fragrance of the wine comes from the grapes and the process of winemaking. The wine taster swirls the wine in its glass and then smells it. Tasters find a multitude of smells, depending on the kind of the wine.




Tasting the wine: The taster now takes a small sip and lets it roll around inside his mouth to feel its taste and texture. This could be light, strong, or refreshing.




After tasting the wine, some tasters swallow the wine, while others just spit it out. Why spit it out? Because when several wines are being tasted, the taster cannot swallow all the wine! In fact, there’s a bucket at the wine tasting that is provided for this. Also, you obviously can’t drive after you swallow all the wines you taste!




Wine tasters express themselves quite articulately about how they feel after tasting the wine and share their views with others to get a good understanding of it. Most tasters actually make written notes to help them assess the wine rather than depend on their memory alone. These notes also serve as a reference point when it comes to evaluating a wine from the same area or of the same vintage.


 




Some Interesting Facts


You will find that wine tasting parties and events are very interesting. However, there are some facts you should know, that will make your experience better. In these events, the women are always served first. You can also expect to be served water in between wines to enable you clean your mouth to taste the various wines. Remember to hold the wine glass by its stem because holding it in your palms will heat the wine, and also prevent you from noticing its true color. Small snacks are also served, and you can have them, to be ready for the next wine! Wine is always served in clear glasses to enable you observe its color and you are expected to swirl it around before tasting it. Then inhale the aroma. After this, you are expected to sip the wine and hold it in your mouth and let your taste buds experience it fully before swallowing it.




It is a good idea to learn something about the kinds of wines before you decide to go to a wine tasting event to help you understand the various flavors and also know what to expect. Wine tasting is an exciting as well as educative experience.




Wine Tasting Courses


There are many wine tasting courses offered by recognized institutions and here you will learn about the techniques that will help you become a professional at wine tasting. You will learn to identify the year, type and flavor of the wine in addition to how wine is processed. You will learn how to select glasses for the wine, and what kind of cuisine is suited to a specific wine. The basic course usually cover information about how wine is prepared, how it is served and how to taste it. If you already know something about wine tasting you can go to the next level and learn about types of grapes, and enhance your knowledge and tasting skills. The advanced courses provide exhaustive knowledge about particular types of wines.




The above information is aimed at giving you the impetus to get started. You can develop your wine tasting skills and get lots of tips and instructional videos at Discover A Hobby. You will also find some terrific books and recommended links where you can learn and know everything you need about wine tasting in depth. So go ahead and get started!