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Wine tastings can be confusing or intimidating. Moreso, if you’re not in wine country itself, you may be wondering where the heck to go for a wine tasting anyway! Well today, we are sharing five tips on how to be a pro wine-taster and fit right in with all of those “wine snobs” (who probably don’t know a whole lot more than you anyway!).
Ever wonder how to keep great personal wine tasting notes? From identifying flavors and aromas to describing acidity, tannin, and body, this article offers some of the best tips for creating the most memorable and accurate wine tasting notes:
Wine tasting notes should be the most useful tips to see before you buy a wine. In the past 10 years, wine tasting notes have shifted more to consumer ratings that tend to be more unbiased. However, there is no standard for writing wine tasting notes. This guide will help you write useful and accurate wine tasting notes.
Knowing how to taste wine like an expert helps you get the most out of your experience, and you’re better able toÂ selectÂ a customÂ wine that best suits your palate.
The professionals — wine critics and sommeliers Â — generally don’t drink the wines they taste. However, at Lakeland, we encourage you to taste and drink. It’s part of the experienceÂ here — you’re with friends, you’re eating snacks and you’re having a party. Drink up!
The whole wine tasting process doesn’t really take long, butÂ you have several things to consider in those minutes it takes to visually examine, sniff and taste a wine you might end up making yourself.
First things first: HoldÂ the wine glass by the stem. Never hold it by the bowl or you’ll end up warming the wine with your hand.
Before You Begin
Certain conditions can affect the taste of wine. The foods you eat, someone wearing too much perfume, the size of theÂ glasses and whether you drank anything beforehand will influence how the wine tastes.
Taste wines from lightest to heaviest, whites to reds.
Get a Good Look
Look straight down the glass to see the wine’s color. HoldÂ the glassÂ up to the light, and give it a tilt. Then, look at the wine through the side of the glass to see the clarity of the wine. A clear wine is always a good sign, but sometimes a wine with sediment just means the wineÂ was notÂ filtered. Look for the brightness as the wine is reflected in the light. The color of the wine tells you the age and the condition. White wines deepen as they age and red wines lose their color.
Give it a Swirl
Newbie wine tastersÂ may swirl the glass on a flat surface instead of swirling the glass in the air.Â As you swirl the glass, look for the “legs” that run down the sides of the glass. A wine with good legs has more alcohol and flavor.
Take a Sniff
Give the glass another swirl, and put your nose just over the top of the wine glass. Take quick sniffs to smell for anything noticeably wrong like the musty smell of spoilage, the smell of vinegar or the “brett” — the sweaty, earthy smell of bad yeast.
If you don’t notice any bad smells, you should notice a fruity smell, because, you know, grapes. Other scents you might pick up: whites like Gewurztraminers have floral scents. Sauvignon Blancs and Rhone redsÂ might smell grassy. You might pick up on wine barrel scents like vanilla, toast or smoke.
Time for Tasting
Taking a small sip and sucking on the wine aerates it so you can get the flavor. This is when you find out if the wine is balanced — the flavors won’t be too much of anything — not too sweet, salty or bitter.
Determine the complexity of the wine. IfÂ you taste something right away, such asÂ anÂ unmistakableÂ vanilla taste, you don’t have a complex wine.Â But, if the taste of the wine seems to changeÂ the more youÂ taste it, you’ve got a complex wine.
AÂ good wine is detected on its finish, or aftertaste.Â If you can still taste it in your mouth minutes later, you’ve got a good wine. The longer the finish, the better the wine.
What’s Your Palate?
So, areÂ you theÂ dry wineÂ type, or do you prefer something sweet?Â The dryness or sweetness of the wineÂ is determined by how much sugar is in the wine.Â A dry wine is less sweet.Â But, don’t confuse fruitiness with sweetness — a dry wine can be fruity. You’ll notice the sweetness or dryness on the finish.
Another thing to notice: the “mouthfeel” or body tells you the levelÂ of alcohol in the wine. More alcohol in the wine has a fuller body. You can think of it like low-fatÂ and high-fat foods. Light-bodiedÂ is the low fat and full-bodied, is the full fat food.
Now that you know how the experts do it, get ready to taste and choose your very own wine.
To celebrate, all wine making packages have been reduced to wholesale prices for the rest of the year. All wine bottle purchases are 10 percent off all day Saturday.
We look forward to sharing this specialÂ day with you!
Every Wednesday is Winesday Trivia Night.Â Create a team, drink wine, and enjoy free pizza while showing off your trivia knowledge. The fun starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday nights.
Get creative with wine at our Cork, Craft & Sip parties. Make art with wine corks or paint wine glasses with friends — and sample ourÂ wines.Â The next craft event is May 9 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 to attend and includes crafting supplies, light snacks and 25 samples of wine. Contact [email protected] to RSVP.
Drinking wine from the right glass didn’t matter much to me once upon a time when I was younger and lazier. What was important was having something from which to drink the wine — you know, like a clean mug found in the back of the cupboard, an empty plastic cup found at a party, or, oh heck, the bottle. But having since developed a refined palette that doesn’t include Boone’s Farm, I can’t drink wine out of anything but an actual wine glass. As it turns out, the type of glass you serve your wine in does matter.
I promise you this is not some arbitrary wine-snobbery. Some wine glasses really are meant for different types of wine.
Let’s say you’re having a tasting party with your classiest friends and you want them to really get the best experience from the different wines you serve. Here are the basic wine glasses you’ll need:
1. Red wines need to be studied and savored and the best way to do that is with a glass with a wide bowl. A glass with a big bowl lets you easily swirl the wine and release its bouquet.
2. Because they’re usually chilled, white wines,Â are served in narrow wine glasses in a smaller serving than red wine. Â Tulip-shaped glasses are the best for white wines because they hold in the delicate aromas.
3. Dessert wines and ports should be served in short, flute-shaped glasses. Dessert wines are usually imbibed in smaller amounts because they’re so concentrated with sweetness.
4. The tall, thin Champagne fluteÂ is best for those sparkling wines. These glasses help keep the bubbly bubbly.
Of course, you can get wine glasses for all types of varietals. If you’re partial to drinking Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier or Bordeaux, glasses are madeÂ specifically made for those.
OK, so what if you’re not having a tasting party? What if you’re just sitting at home enjoying a glass of wine because you’re a wine blogger with lots of student loans? You can use a universal wine glass. Yes, one type of wine glass to hold your reds with their big aromas and your whites with their delicate flavors. An all-purpose wine glass should not be too-wide but not t00-narrow, and it should hold about 10 ounces of wine.
A tip: A wine glass with a thin rim can make for a better tasting experience than a glass with thick rim. A glass with a thin rim is less intrusive and helps you get the full effect of the wine’s flavor and aroma.
And, do yourself a favor. Hold the glass by the stem so your hand doesn’t warm up the wine.