You don’t have to be a connoisseur to really enjoy a bottle of wine. Therefore the next time you go wine tasting don’t just get lost in the ambience, rather try these tips to involve all your senses in the wine tasting experience to extract more from your wine.
See: Look at the colour of the wine, you don’t have to know a lot about wine to know that a darker colour often means that the wine is heavier in tannin structure (i.e. has had more wood contact).
Smell: Don’t be afraid to stick your nose in your glass and take a nice deep whiff, often you will immediately be able to pick up specific notes in the wine. And don’t hesitate to share what you smell; there is no right or wrong answer.
Feel: Focus on the feel of glass in your hand, the cool wine in your mouth and sun on your back. Relax and soak it all in.
Hear: Listen to the sound of the wine as it pours from the bottle into your glass and focus on its serenity.
Taste: Of course the most important aspect is the taste, focus on each sip and try to remember the different hints of flavour. Also remember if you are new to wine tasting to not judge a heavy red wine immediately, most people have to train their palette to appreciate wine. Therefore I would suggest, if you are a new wine taster to start off with a light white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc and then work your way up to the reds.
Enjoy: This is the most important sensation to feel when tasting wine as it often overwhelms all other senses. And remember not every person will love every wine they try, but the important thing is to try and try again!
This rticle was first published on 18 November 2010 on www.fortheloveofwine.co.za as part of Kleine Zalze’s Summer Ambassadors.