Wine has complex flavors. It amazes me how so many different flavors and aromas come from a grape! Many of you already know about wine tasting, but let's go over the basics for everyone.
First, make sure you start with a clean palate. It is a good idea to eat something before you head out to a wine tasting. At the very least have a cracker at the tasting bar before you start.
Once you have your taste buds ready, step up to the tasting bar and grab a glass!
See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, and Savor! These are the 5 S's of wine tasting.
See - look at the wine. It will give you a hint of what's to come. Usually the lighter the color of the wine, the lighter the taste. The deeper the color, the heavier or more complex the taste.
Swirl - this is done to not only release the aroma, but also to see how heavy the wine is. A dessert wine will cling to the sides of the glass more than your lighter Chardonnays.
Smell - put the glass up to your nose and breathe in deeply. What do you smell?
Sip & Savor - now you are ready to taste the wine. Take your time as you should notice a beginning, middle and ending. What flavors do you taste first? Take a second and notice the ending. Does the wine have a clean and quick finish, or does it linger...? Take a second sip and pay attention to the flavors again. Sometimes the second sip gives a different impression!
Ready to taste your next wine? Have a cracker to reset your palate. And start again - See, Swirl, Smell, Sip and Savor!