How to Taste Wine by Nina Smith
Tasting wine is often said to be different to drinking wine. In my opinion, it is not that different, just a little slower.
From pouring the wine from the bottle to drinking it, how long does it take? 'TOO LONG' my hardened drinker friends yell. However, just slow down and enjoy the impact wine can have. (A little like stopping whilst walking to observe the often beautiful or interesting scenery)
Have a look at the wine. Is it a deep red, a water-white white or a salmon hued rose? Does it coat the inside of the glass? Is there any sediment or do fine bubbles appear? All these give indications of the nature, provenance and potential flavours of the wine.
Next, hold the glass up and breathe in the aroma of the wine. Swirl the wine around to release some of the characteristics of the wine. What can you smell? Is it warm and comforting, or light, refreshing and full of citrus burst? Can you smell any flavours other than fruit (indicating ageing or some wood influence), or is there little aroma at all?
These are some of the aspects we talk about when tasting wine. It provides a basis to talk about the wine and enjoy the differences between different wines. Wines from different climates will have their own characteristics, as do wines made from different grapes or blends of grapes. Production methods and local laws also impact on these attributes. To the experienced tasters, wines can be identified to particular winemakers at individual vineyards.
So why don't you come and learn how to taste properly. The Wine Wise Company is holding a two hour course on Saturday 13 October at Buzzards Valley Winery near Sutton Coldfield. It is a fun and informal course designed to teach you how to start tasting your wine instead of
Course: How To Taste Wine
Date: Saturday 13 October 2012
Venue: Buzzards Valley Winery, near Sutton Coldfield B78 3EQ
To book or for more information, please call Nina on 07804 494083 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wine Wise Company offers a range of wine education and tasting services including WSET exams, corporate entertainment, staff training, private parties and wine advice. Please visit www.thewinewisecompany.com for more information.