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Wine tasting Rules and Secrets

Wine tasting is not only the prerogative of professionals but also a very exciting process for true connoisseurs of this noble drink. In addition, the ability to distinguish wine tasting and aroma allows you to distinguish the original from counterfeits!

From simple to complex. From white to red. From young to mature. From dry to sweet. From less durable to more durable. 

These are the basic rules and sequence of wine tasting.

Wine tasting Rules and Secrets - Wine tasting
  • Wine tasting (as well as wine consumption) should take place in a pleasant place and in an appropriate setting. You should not have wine tasting after eating foods and beverages that affect the taste and leave a long aftertaste. For example, they include coffee, chocolate, tobacco smoke, candy with menthol and liqueur, etc. Wines are evaluated on three indicators: color, aroma, and taste.
  • The wine tasting room should be clean, without strong foreign odors, including the aroma of flowers. The lighting of the room should be bright enough, but with scattered rays. The common table is covered with a white tablecloth, but in no case multi-colored. Samples for tasting are placed on the table.
  • The temperature of the wine is important. For champagne, it is 7-9 degrees; for light dry wines 10-12 ° C for white and 10-14 ° C for red; for fortified wines 16-18 ° C; for dessert and liqueur wines 18-20 ° C.
  • The ideal dish for wine tasting is a classic glass wine glass of tulip-shaped shape on a long stalk. The glass should be made of simple glass, colorless and transparent (to appreciate the color of the wine), but in no case crystal or colored.
  • Pour 1/3 of the glass into the glass.

At the first acquaintance, the glass is raised at eye level and evaluates the transparency and color of the wine.

Wine tasting Rules and Secrets - Wine tasting

The transparency and color of red wines are evaluated on a sheet of white paper. The glass can be tilted. If you tilt the glass, you will leave traces of wine on the walls in the form of its inherent “wine legs”. It is believed that the longer the “legs” stay on the walls of the glass, the better the quality of the wine. And yet, wine legs indicate the strength of the drink.

After a visual inspection of the wine in the glass, the next step is to evaluate the wine for aroma.

The correct temperature of wine consumption is important. If the wine is too cold, the bouquet is barely noticeable or not at all, if the wine is too warm, then the aroma evaporates too quickly. A bouquet is a set of apomicts that gradually change each other under the influence of temperature. At first, it is necessary to estimate still wine, and then to play slightly with glass: to incline, to shake.

Wine tasting Rules and Secrets - Wine tasting

Professional tasters even “climb” their nose into the glass, evaluate the machine, then play a little with the glass, then sniff the wine again and climb the nose into the glass again.

The intensity and complexity of the bouquet speak of the quality of the wine. Single (young annual wines), as a matter of fact, have an unambiguous smell. Aged wines, especially collectible ones, have a very complex, diverse bouquet. To describe the aroma and bouquet of wine, an analogy of scents is used, for example floral, fruity, fruity, vegetation, spicy, etc. (the same applies to the taste of wine).

The disadvantages of wine tasting include unacceptable odors: moldy, musty, acetic, the smell of acetone.

And finally, the last test of wine tasting – a taste test. A small portion of the wine is taken into the pot and detained. Professional tasters seem to “chew” wine. You can try to draw in air and blow it through the wine. In the sweat cavity, the wine is heated, so it emits an aroma that is caught by the sense of smell. Therefore, you should not taste wine when you have a cold.

Then the final flavors of the wine appear. Quality wine should be harmonious in color, aroma, and taste. Aged wines leave an aftertaste for a long time. In short, the longer the aftertaste, the better the wine. 

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