FAQs About Wine Tasting
There are programs in prestigious colleges worldwide that offer specialized courses for those interested in taking on wine tasting as a profession.
However, if you want to taste wines and don’t have a degree, it doesn't mean you can’t go to a winery and taste wine to your heart's content. You can book a wine tasting tour in a winery and have the time of your life.
In fact, in 2020, there were over 11,000 wineries in the United States of America, and the number is only increasing. And if you’re in Solvang or surrounding areas, visit Artisan Excursion Solvang Wine Tours.
Tasting wine requires more than just a sense of taste; sight, smell, and touch are equally important.
Here are some guides to make your wine tasting experience less confusing and more enjoyable.
1. Where Does Wine Tasting Take Place?
Wine tasting should take place in a quiet room free of crowds and unnecessary noise.
Noise and other such distractions can take away a wine taster’s focus from the smell or taste of the wine.
2. How Can I Use The Sense of Sight In Tasting Wine?
Hold your glass against a white background and ensure good lighting. Don’t forget to look at the wine from above.
Notice the colors and the hues of the wine. Take note of the bubbles formed in sparkling wines. Small bubbles indicate a good quality wine, whereas large bubbles mean that the wine is not of the highest quality.
3. What’s the Right Way to Smell Wine?
Swirl your wine glass to smell the wine better. Swirling the wine glass helps to release the volatile compounds in the wine.
You can put your nose as far in the glass as you want and try to guess the fruit or spice you smell. Smells can be oaky, musty, earthy, and can also have a nutty tone.
4. What Are the Steps of Tasting Wine?
All parts of the mouth and tongue are sensitive to different tastes. To understand the wine take a small sip and don't swallow it right away. Hold it in your mouth and swirl, making sure it touches all areas of your mouth so you can taste all the flavors and notes of the wine.
Assess things like the taste; was it sweet or acidic? How long did the flavor last in your mouth? A wine that gives a taste long after being swallowed is known as having a long finish and is an indicator of good quality. A short finish wine means that its taste did not last too long and is an inferior-quality wine.
5. What Should Be The Order Of Tasting?
Try to taste your wines in the following order:
Sweet or fortified
Cleanse your palate after each testing by eating a piece of bread or a cracker.
You cannot be right or wrong with wine testing; each person has their perception and opinion about wine. Try to pay attention to the different elements and enjoy your wine tasting.
Avoid developing an opinion about a wine before you have tasted it, as it can affect your tasting experience.