A Non-Intimidating Guide to Wine Tasting
For us wine-lovers, participating in your first wine-tasting can be a bit daunting. I remember my first tasting as being quite an intimidating experience—I hadn’t ever learnt the real etiquette or the true process. So in this post, I’m going to give you the 3 favourite tools that have helped me along the way - so you too can participate in a wine-tasting like a pro!
Wine Tool #1: Wine Folly
One of my personal favorite wine blogs is Wine Folly founded by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack.
In one of their posts, How to Taste Wine Like an Expert, Justin Hammack provides a 5 step list to wine tasting:
1) Look-observe the color of the wine,
2) Smell-swirl the glass to aerate the wine releasing the aromas,
4) Swallow or spit, and
5) Think-what did you taste? Did you like the wine?
It’s that simple, don’t be intimidated! In addition the post includes fun tips and advice to make you feel more at ease.
Wine Tool #2: Winerst
Another great post to prepare you for a wine tasting comes from Winerist, an online wine magazine.
This article provides a more detailed list of vocabulary you may want to be familiar with before going to a tasting. It also reassures the reader that “every palate is different and therefore people’s perceptions of wine will vary.” When you’re tasting wine don’t worry if you cannot smell the notes of “sage” or “violet” or whatever else another taster may say. It takes time to develop your tasting skills and seeing as we all taste differently; if you taste things others didn’t mention in your glass of wine, it doesn’t mean you’re wrong.
Wine Tool #3: Free E-book & Guide
If you are looking for an in-depth guide to learning how to taste & evaluate a glass of wine, you should download this Free E-book & Wine Tasting Guide.
Chloe created this book after following the WSET certificates with the Wines & Spirit Education Trust for people like you who wish to study more about wine, but aren’t quite ready to take such a big time & money investment leap.
Not only does this guide take you step-by-step into evaluating wine, however comes with a free tasting worksheet you can use alongside every glass!
It will take you from wine amateur to wine confident in under 20 minutes!
So, to be ready for your next wine tasting and remember the following:
Be polite: you don’t need to be snobby or pretentious to properly taste wine. Feel free to ask questions, and don’t be afraid to mention it is your first tasting.
Remember the 5 Steps to Wine Tasting: Look, smell, taste, swallow/spit, and think.
Have Fun: don’t worry about making mistakes or sounding ridiculous. Enjoy your wine and guessing what aromas make up that delicious glass of vino!
The only thing left to do is start tasting some wonderful wines, remember these three steps and you’re sure to have a great time!
BY ABIGAIL GREEN
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