Acquiring a taste for the finer things doesn’t come easy to the raw and it often takes a refined palate to appreciate the grand and the opulent. Wine is one of the few finer things in life that often comes with an unrestrained territory, but it takes more than zest to indulge into this tasteful delight. Wine tasting is indeed an art and it needs expert palate to find its own taste. It is important to remember that there is no wine that fits all and it often takes some R & D to interpret your taste. Fortunately, a little knowledge and a variety of sampling can make you savvier on the sheer art of wine tasting. For this, all that you need to do is sample a variety of wines and discover your taste and then let your taste buds grow to its piquant flavor. If you are one of those few enthusiasts who have been floored with the idea of wine, but never managed to come around owing to its sharp, dry tang, here is a quick guide to help you transform from a novice to an expert. Read on to get dipping into the barrel.
How To Acquire The Taste For Wine
Know Your Wine
It’s easier to be enamored by the idea of indulging into wine than actually tasting it, which can be a new ballgame for most of us, more so for the new and the inexperienced. Wine comes with a strong, dry taste that can be often challenging to the palate of many. The only way to get over the initial smack is to treat your taste buds to an array of wines and then pick your flavor. Wine varietals have both subtle and obvious tastes and may essentially vary from each other in taste, sweetness, scent and other peculiarities. You can start with red or white wine and then expand your taste to blushes, sparkling wines, ice wines, ports, sherries, madeiras, Armagnac, brandy and more to find your taste. The best way to get a hold of your flavor is to taste both old and new wines and then taste them over the time to understand your penchant.
Linger Over Your Wine
Wine is more about refined sips than outsized gulps and it takes a leisure dip to get into its hang. Pour your wine and swirl the glass briskly and then take a deep sniff to feel its smell and texture. Take a deep sip and then swirl the wine in your mouth to revel into its rich taste. Spit or swallow the wine and then inhale deeply. The fresh rush of oxygen through your tongue will help you palpate the difference, suddenly and sharply. Wait to notice the change of taste in your mouth and feel the impression of it before you move on to another sip.
Think Before You Choose
Wine is a matter of absolute personal taste and sometimes it just takes a little understanding of your savor to know your wine. Wine tasting is indeed different from drinking and it is important to note down your various impressions and preferences as you take onto different varietals over the time. Consider distinctions like taste, tannin, alcohol and acidity, while making your pick. Wines are known for their fruity, leathery, nutty, spicy flavor and it might take you quite a while before you meet your match.
Do A Little Trial And Error
Wine tasting is more of an art than taste and a little experiment with your wine can make you all the more savvy on it. For instance, chill your red wine for thirty minutes before serving or remove your white wine from the refrigerator half an hour before sipping, for the maximum enhanced taste. White wine, if served cold, loses its fruity, floral verve and the acidity usually peaks. Red wine tends to develop a better taste when served chilled. You can also team up wine with a host of delicacies to know your taste. Crispy, dry white wines taste good with fruits and mild cheese, while full-bodies red wines are best complements for chocolates, goat cheese and roasts.
- Wine gets better with age, but not all wines comes with a shelf life. Thus, it is important to drink some wines when in their prime, than allowing them to get oxidized when stored in cellar. Some wines are more prone to oxidation and are best consumed within 24 hours after opening.
- Wine is often consumed with food or other beverages. A wrong platter of food can gravely affect your taste and thus it is important to choose your food carefully, if you wish to accompany it with wine. For instance, avoid sweet food before drinking dry wines. However, chocolate is an exception and complements dry red wine like nothing else.
- If you wish to go on wine tasting, wineries are your bet. Not only will you get the chance to sample a host of wines, you will come out more learned and enlightened about wines and its varietals.