How to drink wine like an expert?
How to drink wine properly?
Get the most out of your bottle of wine by
learning some simple steps.
Step 1 – Look at Color and Clarity
Observe the wine for its opaque characteristics.
Hold up behind the wine glass a white piece of paper, a white linen
napkin, or something that creates a white neutral background.
Examine the wine by tilting the glass
away from you so that you can observe
the wine’s color starting at the rim of the
glance and following the wine to the
center of the glass.
Is the wine heavy, dark, watery,
How else could you describe it?
Is it clear or cloudy, or does it have
sediment floating in it, like pieces of cork?
Step 2 – Smell
Release the aroma of your wine..
Swish it around for a
good 10 to 12 seconds,
and then sniff it to get a
first impression of the
After that first impression
settles, press your nose down
into the wine glass and inhale
deeply through your nose.
What are your impressions of the aroma now?
Humans can pick up on thousands of unique scents.
Our sense of smell is key to properly analyzing a wine.
Step 3 – Taste
Sample the wine, beginning
with a little sip and rolling it
around the inside of your
mouth, letting it connect with
all of our taste-buds.
Sipping wine slowly allows
your taste-buds and your
sense of smell to recognize
the finer flavors of the wine
that are not detected as
easily when its gulped
Three phases of taste testing
1. Attack Phase - the initial impression that
the wine makes on your palate
Initial sensations: acidity, alcohol content, residual sugar,
Evolution Phase - refers to the actual taste of
the wine on your palate.
Discern the wine’s “flavor profile”.
Finish Phase - detect how long a wine’s flavor
impression lingers after we swallow the wine.
• How long a finish lasts – a few seconds, or longer?
• Does the taste hang with you or is it short-lived?
• What did the wine’s weight feel like – light-bodied, medium-
bodied, or full-bodied (like water, milk, and cream, respectively?)
• What is your last flavor impression (plumy, buttery, spicy)?
• Do you taste a remnant of the wine at the back of your mouth
• Do you want another sip or did the wine have too bitter an end?
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