How to Taste a Wine
It's not an issue of snobbery. To best appreciate
a wine, it should be properly sniffed and sipped. No gulping or chug-a-lugging
when it comes to wine tasting, it's an art and it makes use of all
our senses. See the colors, taste the flavors, feel the texture, smell
the bouquet, hear that cork as it pops.
Choose a large goblet then pour in a small amount of wine. Gently
swirl the wine by holding the base of the stem and slowly rotating
in a clockwise motion. Be patient, it takes a while to master the
art of swirling without spilling.
Hold careful not touch the bowl of the goblet. Keep your fingers
low - on the stem and on the base. This is done to avoid altering
the temperature of the wine and changing its taste.
Observe the wine as it rolls along and down the sides
of the glass. Appreciate the designs. Admire! Hold the goblet up to
the light. Note the shades of color as they refract through the glass.
The wine should appear bold and bright, never dull or cloudy.
Swirl again. Inhale gently, get close enough
to the rim of the goblet so that you can sense the deep fragrances
of the wine. Try to remember those aromas as you later drink the wine
and compare it to other tastes.
Sip you're ready. Take a very, very small sip and
leave it on your tongue. As it sits on you tongue - inhale, bringing
more air into your mouth as the drop of wine is cupped in your tongue,
filling your mouth with the taste. Sip, if you like your first taste,
imagine how delightful the next sip will be. Sip again.
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