One of the many experiences a person should have during their life is going to a wine tasting. It’s an opportunity to experience a wide variety of wines. The problem is that most people perceive a wine tasting as an event with many unspoken rules and regulations. The reality is a going to a wine tasting is both fun and educational.
Every winery handles things different. Most are open to the public every day of the week for wine tasting. Others only offer it on weekends and some only offer wine tasting with a reservation. It’s best to inquire about the individual winery’s wine tasting schedule
When at a wine tasting it’s important to realize alcohol is being served, but it’s not a bar. When at a wine tasting it’s important to focus on the wine being tasted and reserve loud conversation or boisterous behavior for when at a bar.
There are wineries that offer wine tasting for free to people who come in off the street. There are some that charge a tasting fee that is often waived if a person buys a bottle of wine. There are other wineries that charge a fee for their wine tasting no matter what is purchased. The customers who pay the fee will receive quite a lot of wine, snacks and information during their wine tasting experience.
Determine Wine’s True Color
When wine tasting look at the wine and try to see its true color. Tilt the glass from side to side. Hold the glass of wine in front of a white background such as a tablecloth or white paper. White wines get darker as they get older and red wines lose a bit of their color.
Notice the Wine’s Viscosity
Swirl the wine during the wine tasting and notice how slowly it slides down the edge of the glass. The slower the wine moves, the more viscous it is and the more alcoholic.
Smell the Wine
When a person is wine tasting they should hold the stem of a wine glass a few inches away from their nose and inhale the aroma deeply. The smell of a wine can create or destroy a desire try it.
Sip Don’t Swallow
Now is the time of the wine tasting experience when you put the wine in your mouth. Take a sip but don’t swallow. Move it around in your mouth and let every taste bud in your mouth experience it. This part of wine tasting lets you know the different levels of bitter, sweet and salty.
Aspirate the Wine
In order to get the full flavor it’ important during the wine tasting to keep the wine in your mouth, and move some air around it by inhaling and then exhaling through the nose. This could create new aromas and flavor with the wine. After this it’s time to spit the wine into a tasting bucket or spittoon, the winery will provide.
When doing more than one wine tasting it’s important for a person to pace them self. When going from one wine tasting to another, it’s wise to eat and drink water as well as walk in the fresh air if possible.