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					The Art of wine tasting

You can easily detect a genuine wine expert by the way he handles the
wine in terms of smelling and tasting it and not merely just drinking the
wine. Anybody can drink wine but it takes a lot of experience to taste
wine.

Wines have become a staple feature of every household during meal times,
particularly when they are eating red meat. Red meats like pork or beef
roasts are best with red wines. On the other hand, white meats like fish
and chicken are better with white whine.

There are a thousand and one varieties, or type of wines depending on the
vineyard where they were grown as well as the type of grapes they are
made of. It takes experience and a real romance with wine to be able to
distinguish its characteristics just by smelling and tasting.

Basically, wines that have been stored properly should taste smooth.
Wines that taste off or stale are either not of good quality or they were
stored improperly and their corks tainted.

So how should you taste wine? Wines should be tasted by swishing the
wine in your mouth, allowing your taste buds to perceive the flavor and
taste of the wine. While the act of tasting makes uses of your tongue, a
person’s sense of smell actually does most of the detection. Both a
person’s sense of taste and sense of smell should be used when tasting
wines.

While the two senses are indeed very important tools in determining a
wine’s quality, the physical appearance of the wine is equally important.
You can get a better look at a wine’s appearance and color by pouring
them in a clear glass and look through it using a white table cloth or
other white background.

If wines are generally red or white, then why do we have to study their
colors? White wines are actually not perfectly white because their color
ranges from yellow to brown and green. White wines with darker colors
have more flavor and are older. While aging improves the flavor of red
wines, this doesn't hold true for white wines which may go bad with time.
Red wines that are lighter in color are older. You will be able to
examine a red wine’s age by tilting a glass with red wine, allowing some
to settle on the glass rim, and examining its color. When the color of
the wine that settles on the glass rim is brownish, then it has been
aged.

Wine experts also swirl the wine to observe how it moves in the glass.   A
wine that swirls nicely wine may mean it has a higher sweetness and
alcohol content.

While the taste of wine is generally subjective as it depends on a
persons taste and preferences, wine connoisseurs follow specific
guidelines in wine tasting. Being able to taste and smell wine the right
way can certainly to the pleasure of drinking them.

				
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