Three Easy Steps to Sip Like a Pro!
At The Slow Road we appreciate fine wine, and in many of the regions we visit, wine is an integral part of the culture. In fact, we arrange tours, tastings and unique access to winemakers that will expand your knowledge and whet your palate. So we know firsthand that when you’re sipping some of the world’s best vintages, you want to look the part. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips for tasting like a pro.
1. Inspecting the Wine
Take a good look at the wine in your glass. It is best to view the wine against a white background. The colour of the wine can give you an idea of its age. Many red wines, for instance, start life deeply purple in colour, but with age this intensity fades. With many white wines, the relation between colour and age is reversed. White wines from cold climates tend to be less richly coloured. (Try this: turn to the person next to you and say “great legs!” Of course they’ll think you’re talking about the wine, so you’ll get away with it!)
2. Sniffing the Wine
First, swirl the wine in your glass. Then stick your nose into the glass on a 45-degree angle (the angle is a dead give away that you’re a real pro) and have a good sniff. What aromas do you smell? Young wines often have primary, fruity aromas (black currant, raspberries), while older ones are characterized by secondary, earthy or animalistic smells.
3. Tasting the Wine
Here we must be at one with our palate and our nasal chemo-receptors. Aromas from the wine in the mouth pervade the upper airways where the sensation of “tasting” is born. Breathe in and out through the nose while staring meaningfully out of a window and do whatever is required to not choke and splutter the wine on your neighbour. Then taste the wine’s finish by swallowing it. A rule of thumb: the longer the flavour lingers on your palate, the longer you will be able to cellar the wine.
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