Wine Tasting Party

Study The Wine
There are 2 methods to lift the wine glass, this is how you achieve it:

If you are tasting chilled wine, don’t hold the bowl of the glass of wine, you should always hold the glass by the stem.
When drinking room temperature wine – hold the glass of wine by cupping it in between your two central fingers now the bowl should rests on the palm of your hand.

The glass should be relaxed within your hand, hold it at a slight angle against something white. Hold the glass at arms length, be careful to keep the wine in the glass! This is never a positive. Depending on your eyesight you may vary the distance your eye is from the wine.

This is the time where you can examine the wine, here you are looking at the colour of the wine. It would be surprising to know that wine are available in many colours and not just the red and white that we are used to, looking at the wine will expose other colours like black. As many people are aware the colour of the wine is determined by the grape, if you are keen to astonish anyone I would not go about shouting this out as the extent of your knowledge, but if you’re in a group of wine novices you could put it into discussion.

Clarity is an indication of age. A younger wine will generally show as quite clear, if a wine appears to be cloudy this can indicate a issue with the wine and I suggest you don’t drink it. Studying the colour of the wine does not have any bearing on the taste, but any great wine lover will always enjoy the splendor of the wine as well as its taste.

The Bouquet.
You should still have the glass held in the way we described earlier, firstly you should swirl the wine, rotate your hand slightly so that the wine swirls around the wine glass, be careful not to splatter the wine.To swill wine properly, very little wrist movement is needed. Just very slight circular movements coupled with a right-left movement should do the job.

The reason behind all this swirling is to bring the wine's scent out of the wine altogether and into the empty part of the glass thus allowing it to be inhaled and savored. Put the glass towards the end of your nose, breath in and then take a lengthier savored inhale. I suggest you breath out after those two inhalations or you might discover yourself going wobbly.

At the point your are enjoying the fragrange of the wine that you conversing what you can smell within the wine, remember to be very honest as people will suggest all kinds of herbs and substances influencing the smell of the wine.

The Best Part: The Tasting

The actual tasting is the part we all enjoy and look forward to, remember that it is all about sipping and savoring the wine, rather than chugging down huge mouthfuls. At many wine tasting evening you could be tasting up to 15 wines, so its key to enjoy and take your time.

Bring your glass to your mouth, open them a small amount and take a tiny sip. Now close you mouth and roll the wine around on your tongue for a couple seconds before allowing it to go slowly down your throat, be sure to breath out at the same time. This is where you should be able to taste more of your chosen wine, you should be courageous and tell people what you can taste; dryness and flavours of the wine

There you go, this is not going to make you a wine expert over night, but it may get you through your first wine tasting experience, if this is sounds like its still scary, let me tell you that two years ago I would have said the same, but once you try it you will never see wine in the same way.

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About The Author, Helen Carter
Helen Carter is a fan of wine and fine champagne, she currently works for a company that sell http://www.winehound.co.uk">mixed cases of wine and champagne.