Wine Tasting: Where Can You Start.

Observe and Study The Wine
There are two distinct ways to lift the wine glass, below I have provided detailed the ways of doing this:

When drinking chilled wine, don’t handle the bowl of the glass, you should always handle it by the stem.
When drinking room temperature wine – handle the glass by putting it in between your two middle fingers so that the bowl rests on the palm of your hand.

Now that you have the wine glass held easily in your hand, search for an item that is white and hold the wine glass at a slight angle against it. Hold the wine glass at arms length, take care to keep the wine in the wine glass! This will be a unimpressive start. You may need to vary the length you hold the wine at due to your personal eyesight.

Now you will be at the point where you can examine the clarity of the wine, this is all about studying the wine. Wine comes in many colours and not the red and white, by looking at the clarity you should be able to see that wines can be many other colours. We all should know that the grape determines the colour of a wine, if you are keen to impress anyone I would not go about blaring this out as the extent of your knowledge, however if you are 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, a murkier or cloudy wine will normally mean that there is a problem with the wine, if this is the case I personally would not drink the wine. Studying the clarity of the wine does not have any influence on the taste, but any enjoyer of wine will always appreciate the beauty of the wine as well as its taste.

The wines odour and how to smell a wine.
You should still have the wine glass held in the way we described earlier, firstly you should swirl the wine, rotate your hand gently 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 actually needed. Just very minor circular movements combined with a right to left movement should do the trick.

In order for the wine to be inhaled, the swirling of the wine elevates the wine up onto the sides of the wine glass and elevates the aroma of the wine. Put the glass towards the tip of your nose, breath in and then take a longer savored inhale. Remember to breath out frequently or you may have dizzy spells.

When you savor the wine and converse about the fragrance, remember to be honest with the things you can smell, you may be surprised to find you can smell things like liquorice, flowers or pears, if you can be honest you will enjoy the evening more.

Time For Tasting

This part is never about glugging great big mouthfuls and glasses of wine down like no tomorrow, you be slow to make the most the tasting of the wine, plus in any 1 wine experience you may drink over 11 varying wines, so take your time.

Drink some of the wine, don’t gulp it, only put a small bit of wine into your mouth. Now close your mouth and move the wine inside your mouth to release the taste, you can either swallow the wine or spit the wine out, if you swallow breath out at the same time. Now you should be able to have the full taste of the wine, again be brave and tell anyone what you can taste: the dryness, flavours and if you enjoyed it.

Its is as simple as that, this brief article is not going to make you a Jilly Cooper after one read, but it may help you to get more out of your champagne and wine experience. If it still sounds like a scary time, then let me assure you that I used to know nothing about wine, but with a small amount of practice you will find wine tasting will be very addictive.

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About The Author, Helen Carter
Helen Carter is the marketing manager for the">online wine store: Winehound and writes about wine and champagne in her spare time.