Wine Tasting

To truly enjoy a wine, you need to experience it with more than just your sense of taste, you must also involve your senses of sight and smell.

Sight - Spot a great wine.

Before you take a good look at any wine, be sure the color behind the wine glass is neutral or white. The color of a wine can help tell you what grapes were used to create it or how old a wine is. White wines start out light and as they age become golden or darker. Also look at the clarity of the wine. A good wine will have a clear appearance and will not be cloudy, hazy or filled with floating sediment.

Scent - Sniff out a winner.

Your sense of smell is about 1,000 times more sensitive than your sense of taste. In fact "flavor" is influenced 75% by smell and only 25% by taste. That's why "nosing" or smelling a wine is so important to enjoying it. Gently swirl the wine in your glass, then stick your nose into the glass as far as you can. Now sniff. Don't try to figure out all the scents, just concentrate on isolating one. Once you identify a scent, take a sip and see if you can taste it in the wine.

Taste - Discover what you enjoy.

Take a small sip of wine and hold it in your mouth long enough to determine its level of sweetness or tartness. Now swish the wine around in your mouth so it can hit all of your taste buds. The flavor should echo the scents you detected earlier. Do you like what you tasted? If so, wait a bit before taking your next sip.This time concentrate on the aftertaste of the wine, or "finish." A pleasant, lingering finish is what you want.