A Guide: How to Taste Wine

A Guide: How to Taste Wine
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Whenever you visit a country rich in wines, tasting them is one of the most rewarding and worthwhile excursions. If you take a long walk through the vineyards and admire the vine and scenic landscape with a glass in your hand, you must first learn to appreciate the subtle beauty of wine. A lot of terms and concepts of the wine world make the beginner get lost. In vain! We will help you learn how to taste and choose a really good wine.

How to choose wine

Learn to read the label
Paradoxically, but important information for identifying wine is contained on its front label. We'll pay attention to the most important points.

Grape variety
There are unblended wine that is made from one grape variety, and assemblage - when several sorts are mixed. Familiarity with the world of wine should begin with a study of the differences between grape varieties. And every time you buy wine, first of all you need to understand what sort it is.
Although there are more than 8000 varieties of grapes in the world, wine is made from so-called technical sorts. The most popular of them - Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Merlot - you probably heard.

Place of origin
Common varieties of grapes are grown in almost all wine regions of the world. Shiraz, for example, may be from California, Australia or New Zealand - you shouldn’t be scared. Of course, among the regions there are always those that specialize in a particular variety.

Manufacturer's name or brand
It’s always on the front label. You need to know it to see the wine ratings. In the world there are tens of thousands of winemakers, and a wine of the same name can be made by hundreds of winemakers, and their level is different. These differences aren’t always visible in price. Therefore, it’s worth looking for ratings. Because it’s by rating you can determine whether a wine is worthy or not. But a high rating doesn't guarantee that the drink will appeal to you.

Vintage (year of wine production)

Also it’s called millesime. You should study the tables of millesime only of the wines of the highest quality. Don’t touch them up to a certain time. But if you have a bottle on the label of which isn’t specified the year of harvest, return it to the shelf. For imported dry wines it's inappropriate. Exceptions are shimmer wines and port wine. They are mostly mixed from the wines of different crops, and this is their special feature.


* First of all, you need to smell the wine well: the fragrance is the most important. You have to sniff long and intently. Your goal is to remember this smell. Concentrate on it.

* Through the contact with oxygen, wine "reveals itself." After the sniffing, turn the glass vigorously counterclockwise for 5-10 seconds, so that the wine flounders about. Smell it again. Do you feel that the fragrance is more intense now?

* Pay attention to its color. It’s better to look upon the wine on a white sheet of paper, tilting the glass almost horizontally. Wines from different grape varieties differ in color. In fact, the color doesn’t give any information about the quality of the wine. But people who love wine, also enjoy the play of shades. And, by the way, the sediment in wine isn’t a disadvantage. Some red wines are almost opaque - direct the glass at a bright light and watch what's inside it.

* Now you can try the wine. Take a sip and rinse it in your mouth intensively to use as many receptors as possible.

* In fact, on professional tastings wine isn’t swallowed, but spit. Before each new sip, focus on the fragrance for a couple of seconds.

* After you spit out the wine, assess what kind of aftertaste remains in your mouth. It should be neither sugary nor sour. The aftertaste can even be counted in seconds. The norm is from 5 to 10 seconds.

* If you sample several wines at once, compare them by color and flavor before taste them.

* When the glass is empty, smell it again. After a good wine, the empty glass retains a pleasant aroma for a long time.

All this knowledge is very useful, especially in your personal life. In fact now you can surprise any girl with a choice of really good wine. Find your loved one on https://romancecompass.com/gallery/ and charm her with a wonderful dinner.

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  1. I like good wine. However, I'm completely incapable of defining what good wine is. I'm more of an 'I'll know it when I taste it' sort of guy. Your post now provides some basis for me to justify my assertions!

    1. There are people who are blessed with good palate, and some needs years of experience because we distinguish good and bad wine. The important part is, we enjoy every sip.

  2. This is very interesting information. I love trying different wines around the world. I went to a couple of wineries in New Zealand and really enjoyed it. I don't think I could ever spit out the wine, though!

    1. But sometimes you have to spit it especially for tasting lots of wine. If you don't, you'll get drunk easily.


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