Learning the ropes of wine tasting subtleties
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Wine tasting is a tactful exercise, which requires patience and perseverance but it is a compulsory prerequisite to the appraisal of a wine. Since it demands a certain level of attention, it consequently eases the memorization of wines and of their flavours as well as it ripens olfactory and taste sensibility.
We invite you to follow this fast initiatory course at the heart of wine tasting so as to talk more easily about wines you appreciate. But above all, here are some basic rules, which are key to success :
- Personal and practical conditions :
The chosen place must be deprived of smells and must be lighted with a light, which does not alter colours, so, ideally daylight.
As a rule, the glass should fit to the kind of wine it contains. To enable the lattest to reveal its character in the best way, the top of the glass has to be tightened in comparison either with its base. In any case, the glass has to be clear so as not to change wine appearance; get a shank long enough between the stem and the body in order to avoid any thermal influence of the hand on the wine and to ease, as well, the rotation of the glass, which increases the contact between oxygen and wine and make it possible, in this way, to exhale its plain aromas.
INAO glasses (opposite) are a relevant worldwide reference since they give good results on all kinds of wines.
Here is a descriptif of the best suited glasses regarding the kind of wine :
For light white wines :
For robust white wines :
For hardly tannic red wines :
For highly tannic red wines :
For robust red wines :
For syrupy wines :
Wine tasting will ideally take place before meals when all senses are alert. Best suitable hours will be between 10 and 12 am and between 4 and 6 pm. The person, who tastes the wine, must have not eaten, neither drunk coffee, nor smoken so as not to alter its perception of the wine in its mouth. It is, by the way, advised to avoid wearing perfume (particularly impeding), as well as hairspray or after-shave, which would risk to disturb the sense of smell.