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The art or ritual of wine selection is intimidating.
Cant tell you (married now, whewww) how many first dates or business meetings I went to and pretended to have any idea of what I was doing - when tasting a wine. I would take a sip and have no idea what I was actually looking for.
But have since grown, changed, grown more attentive taste buds and like to think of myself as an expert - but I know I'm not hahaha.
This Tip from California Wine is where I started, hope it helps you as well.
Tip #1: Slow Down & Smell Your Wine!
To kick things off I wanted to focus on TASTING wine as it is the essential skill for any wine lover.
When I am conducting wine tastings or corporate team-building I’ll poll the audience to see what they think is the most important step in tasting wine. Most people think it’s the sip but, in fact, smelling is 80% of the wine tasting process.
This week's exercise shows you first-hand why your nose rules supreme when tasting wine.
Try this exercise to really focus in on smelling: Get a gourmet jelly bean or other assorted-flavor candy. Pinch your nose with one hand so your nose is completely blocked off. Now with the other hand put the candy in your mouth and start chewing-don't let go of your nose. Try to guess what flavor your candy is and then let go of your nose. Did you get the burst of flavor right as you let go?
Here's the skinny on the 2nd step in tasting wine—smelling: Swirl the wine in your glass. This isn't done to look pretentious; it actually stirs up the alcohol vapors and intensifies the aromas of the wine. Take your time with this step. Try to connect the smell to familiar things or memories. One's sense of smell accounts for most of what we "taste" in the wine. Our tongues only detect the following senses: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. We often describe what we taste by what we actually smell.
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