Wine tasting – a simple guide

If you’ve bought a Vinturi wine aerator, you may already be fairly knowledgeable about wine. However, we know that a significant number of our clients who buy a Vinturi are also interested in learning more about wine, so have prepared some simple guides to go through the basics, starting with the art of wine tasting.

Wine is of course meant to be drunk and enjoyed, first and foremost. However, learning how to taste a wine will enhance your experience enormously, as you discover there is more to wine than perhaps first meets the eye. All you need to get started are your chosen bottle of wine, some suitably shaped wine glasses and a room with good light.

Once the wine has been poured into the glass, using your Vinturi, of course, you can take a good look at it. If you hold the glass against a white background, such as a wall or piece of paper, and tilt the glass away from you at a 45º angle, you will be able to see the colour most clearly. Red wines will have a range of colours from the light ruby reds of a young pinot wine to the darker richer reds of a Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon blend, for example. The darker colours represent the fuller flavoured wines. If you look at the meniscus (the edges) of a red wine, you can tell how old it is by the amber brown tinge.

The next sense to be brought into play is smell. Well designed wine glasses capture the aroma of a wine and funnel it towards your nose. Red wines usually have a larger bowl, but all wine glasses follow the same design principles. Simply swirl the wine in the glass to release the bouquet, and put your nose into the glass to savour it.

Once you’ve luxuriated in the look and smell of your wine, you will be psychologically and physiologically primed to taste it. Take a mouthful of wine and swish it around your mouth for about 20 seconds, breathing as you do so to introduce more oxygen into the liquid. This will fill your mouth with the flavours of the wine, and allow the different taste receptors in your tongue to pick up on the various elements within the wine. Whether or not you spit the wine at this point is your choice, and will usually depend on how many wines you taste in one session.

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