Although wine tasting seems like a difficult and uncecessary art to many, it is actually an essential part in properly appreciating the wine you’re drinking. If you’re broke, like me, and sacrificing 19$ on a bottle of wine, why not appreciate it to its fullest, right? Wine tasting can open up a whole other side of wine you never knew existed.
Step 1: Right after pouring the wine into your glass, tilt it slightly with your rist to analyze the opacity and pigmentation of the wine. Visual analysis will teach you a lot about what kind of wine it is. Bordeaux wines, for example, will be much darker and much more opaque than Beaujolais.
Step 2: Without agitating the wine in your glass, smell it and try to take note of what it smells like exactly. Then, stir the wine by moving the glass with your fingers and smell the wine again. The oxygen should bring out different smells in the wine.
You have to actually stick your nose into the glass.
Step 3: Take a sip of the wine and KEEP THE WINE IN YOUR MOUTH FOR ROUGHLY 15 SECONDS. This is important because you won’t be able to properly taste the wine if you simply swallow it. Keep the wine in your mouth and swirl it around with your tongue. It sounds gross but will allow you to properly discern the different flavours in the wine.
You should always wait 15 minutes after opening a bottle of wine that is older than 10 years old before tasting it.