It is easy to taste like a professional. This article will teach you how you can taste wine, evaluate wine, and remove any hints of oenophobia.
For thousands of years, people have been drinking wine. For more than 100 years, people have made money by being wine tasters. What do they know about wine that you don’t know? After reading this page, you will not know much about wine tasting and how to assess a wine’s qualities and faults.
They will know more about the grape and the appellation from which the wine was produced. But knowing these interesting facts won’t make you a good taster.
You will become a better wine taster by reading this page and tasting it again and again. To learn how to taste Bordeaux, see How To Taste Bordeaux Wine.
Oenophobia is the fear of drinking wine. We can get rid of all the fear that you may have had about wine tasting. Wine is a true beverage for hedonistic enjoyment, and there is nothing to be scared of.
Wine tasting and wine drinking are both related but require different skills. You can use wine tasting to learn more about the wine. It will also let you know whether you like it or not. When evaluating wine, you are taking a closer, more critical look at the wines or wines that are being assessed.
Wine is evaluated in groups of wines. This allows you to compare a particular wine or group with other wines from the same group. Wine is a pleasure to drink. You will spend more time enjoying wine than you do evaluating it or tasting it. The best wines are meant to be enjoyed with family and friends over a meal.
Most people are afraid of wine, or “oenophobia.” Fear of wine is caused by a number of factors, including a lack of understanding about the wine. This glossary of important wine terms can help.
To learn how to taste wine, you must first overcome your fear. Your taste is not right or wrong. You will always like what you enjoy because it is you. Please don’t listen to the geeky wine shop clerk with his fancy words. He may taste more wine than you, but only you are able to decide which wine suits your palate.
Unfortunately, many people overcomplicate wine. As a beverage, wine is unique. Understanding wine is simple. Comparing wines is also easy. To see how wine is rated, click on How wines are scored.
Take two or three glasses of the same wine and compare them. One drink will be better than the rest, and the other the worst. It is not necessary to have a wine vocabulary in order to express that you prefer one wine over another.
Your wine vocabulary will grow with time. Let’s start with the basics. All you need to be a great wine taster is your senses of sight, smell, and taste. You’ll be surprised at how easy it can be to become a good wine taster with a little bit of practice.
A glass of wine is viewed from a different perspective.
Like food, the first taste of wine is through your eyes. You can learn a lot from the color of wine. When looking at wine, tilt the glass a little when holding it out. Hold the glass of wine on a plain white surface such as a tablecloth, napkin, or plate. You should now notice the color depth from the rim of the glass to the middle.
For now, we will focus on Bordeaux wine, which is a blend dominated by either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. We will focus on Bordeaux wines, which are usually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine of a young Bordeaux should be dark and show a deep color from the rim of the glass to the middle.
Colors can be purple, dark blue, or even shiny. The deeper and richer the color, the more concentrated it is. Concentration and depth of taste are good for my palate. Young wines with little shade will be lighter, less ripe, and acidic. This is normal for wines produced from Pinot Noir. For young wines made from Bordeaux grapes, you’ll want to see a rich, dark color.
The depth of the color can also determine a wine’s style. A Bordeaux with a dark, inky hue will likely be rich, long, and low in acidity. Light-colored young Bordeaux wines or Bordeaux-styled wines will have a more delicate flavor with more red fruit than black and higher acidity.
The next thing you should look at when evaluating the wine visually is the leg or tear on the side. This isn’t that important. You can skip to the next paragraph. If you didn’t skip ahead because you heard so many people mention the tears in wine or the legs, we will cover this now.
The length and size of the legs or tears in the glass can give you a hint about the alcohol content and sweetness of the wine, as well as the viscosity. Legs that are thin and dissipate rapidly tend to be found in wines with a lighter concentration. The portions of the wine that are fatter or more athletic, or both, will be richer, more concentrated wines with lots of sweetness, fruit, and length.
It’s also important to remember that the legs and tears in wine are directly related to the grape varieties and the country where the wine was produced. We want big tears in Bordeaux-styled wines. The legs and tears tell you a bit about the alcohol content and sweetness of the wine. They are not a good indicator as to whether you’ll like it or not.