Enhancing Your Wine Tasting Experience with the Tried and Tested ‘Five S’ Method

May 21, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, wine tasting isn’t as simple as just sipping a sample.

There are many things you need to do prior to sampling to fully enjoy a glass of wine. We’re of course talking about the renowned Five S Method that is bound to add a new dimension to your wine tasting experience



For those of you aspiring to be a wine tasting connoisseur, here’s how the Five S Method works.


1.    See:

While the primary purpose of wine tasting may be to give your taste buds something to cherish, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all other senses should feel left out. In fact, it’s been noted that wine tastes better and is much more enjoyable when your other senses (in particular, your sight) are invited to the party.

So before you start sipping, we want you to pay close attention to the color of the wine. This works best when you hold the wine glass against a white background as it reveals all you need to know about grape variety and the intensity of the flavor.


2.    Swirl:

Now that you’ve let your eyes feast on the sample, it’s time we make the wine ready for consumption. A simple and effective way of ensuring that every sip you take has a uniform and well-rounded flavor to it is by swirling the drink in your hand.

Stir your drink by swirling it gently. However, don’t go overboard and spill the drink on your clothes as wine stains are notoriously hard to eliminate!


3.    Sniff:

Although the practice is called wine tasting, we believe that the sample’s smell plays an equally (if not more) important role in the process. Believe it or not, wine experts can judge the quality and the taste of a glass of wine by giving it a sniff!



A simple way to develop your sense of smell is to speculate on the ingredients of the wine and then tallying your guesses from the back of the bottle