Wine Testing: Basic Guide to Test the Taste of Wine like an Expert

Whether the cellar, or the restaurant, or right in the vineyard, wine testing follows a procedural sequence in addition to having a great sense of aromatic and gastronomic sense. Wine testers have extraordinary things in them, coupled with years of experience to describe the wine. However, as a great wine lover, you may have that special ability to describe a kind of wine in your own version. Let us learn a few things about how professionals go ahead with testing a variety of wine systematically.

Before going ahead to taste the wine, few things are essential to follow. The wine needs to breathe; this is true and then only the true aroma and all the individual flavors get infused in the surrounding. Just pour in a quarter of the glass and hold it by its stem. Do care not to gold the glass by its bulb, as the change in temperature will affect the wine’s natural flavor. SO, give it a little time to let the wine expose in open air.

Sniffing & Swirling

Sniffing the wine is the most important part of wine testing. Holding the glass few inches away from your nose, gradually move it closer. You will start getting the smell. Gently swirl the wine inside to let more aromas come out of the glass. A good smelling wine tastes good. Try to visualize the ingredients, such as fruits, flora, herbs, or any spices that used in the making. Some wines may smell earthy, as they contain valuable minerals or rocks. For relatively older wins, it takes much effort to figure out the smell.

Sip, Swirl & Spit

After this great endeavor, take a sip of the wine and let it linger inside the mouth. Feel the weight of the wine, while focusing on its texture. Swirl the content slowly so that the sensory glands inside get rinsed properly. Afterwards, spit the entire content into a spittoon and then blow in some air through your mouth, gently releasing out through your nose. This enables to figure out a lot more new ingredients. It is essential to use the spittoon, especially when you are planning to taste lots of wine.

Sip Again and Swallow

Next time you sip the win, take a little air inside, just like slurping. While doing so, try to recognize the texture and flavor. Ideally, you will notice the flavor first followed by the scent. A little bitterness is natural with every wine; however, it must not be too strong.

This is a set of guidance suitable for the beginner level. The most important part of wine testing is describing your overall sensory observations. Doing so, in the long-run will help you discover the art of wine tasting better