There’s more to a wine than its taste and color. Apart from the look and taste, the smell or aroma of a wine can also help you distinguish if it is of truly great quality. According to Wine Mag, there are several factors that may affect your assessment of a wine when tasting it. “Cooking smells, perfumes, even pets can destroy your ability to get a clear sense of a wine’s aromas. A glass that is too small, the wrong shape, or smells of detergent or dust can also affect the wine’s flavor,” the article said.
To learn more about how to effectively taste wines, I’ve listed a few tips below:
Color and clarity
Blogger and wine connoisseur Stacy Slinkard suggested that you “pour a glass of wine into a suitable wine glass. Take a good look at the wine. Tilt the glass away from you and check out the color of the wine from the rim edges to the middle of the glass (it’s helpful to have a white background – either paper, napkin or a white tablecloth).” Additionally, an aged red wine normally has distinctive orange tinges as opposed to that of a younger red wine. Older white wines, however, are darker than younger variants.
“To get the best whiff of the wine’s aroma, spend a good 10 seconds swirling the glass with some vigor. This allows the alcohol to volatize and will lift the wine’s innate scents towards your nose,” shares information website About.com.
If you are unsure which wine to pick up for dinner, aromas can give you a hint. The M&S Flaxbourne Pinot Grigio 2011, for instance, goes perfectly with chicken and most light pasta dishes. The wine is intensely aromatic, with a hint of floral and citrus notes, complementing the light taste of most chicken and southern pasta dishes. You wouldn’t want to pair a strong wine such as a Tikves Vranec Merlot with a spicy or heavily flavored dish, as their tastes may contrast each other.
The overall taste of a wine depends on the combination of the flavors and aromas, which is why it is imperative not to skip the smelling procedure of wine tasting. To know if a wine tastes great or not, keep in mind these following characteristics from WineTasting.
Tannin: The unpleasant flavor usually comes from grape skins and seeds. It is important to the finish of a wine. Most obvious in reds. Can taste astringent, hard, dry or soft.
Acidity: Gives the wine crispness and freshness without which the wine is flat and sour.
Fruitiness: Intensity is dependent on the variety, growing conditions and winemaking techniques.
Sweetness: Comes from the wine’s fruit flavors as well as any fermented grape sugars left in the wine. If there is no perceived sweetness, a wine is “dry.”
Body fullness or thinness: A function of both alcohol and glycerol.
With these tried and tested tips, you are sure to enjoy your wine tasting experience.