The art of wine tasting, or “Oenophilia,” is as old as wine itself – which experts estimate ranges back as far as 6,000 B.C.! Egyptians are thought to be the very first culture to produce wine. Wikipedia defines “wine tasting” as “the sensory examination and evaluation of wine.” The New York Times states that today, wine itself is viewed as something of a “status symbol.” This post will teach you the basics of wine tasting.
Wine Tasting 101
As outlined in Wine Enthusiast magazine, wine tasting has several steps.
Set up your tasting conditions. Make sure no sights, smells, or sounds will unduly interfere with your tasting experience.
By sight evaluation. When you receive your pour, first take a close look at the color, the consistency, the “swirl” (by swishing the wine gently in the glass).
By sniff evaluation. Next, give the wine a sniff. What do you smell? (Common smells include berry, wood, spices, chocolate, coffee).
By sip evaluation. Finally, take a sip. What tastes can you recognize? It can be fun at this point to read the wine’s description if available and compare notes.
Building on Your Knowledge
There are several areas of study that can help you build on your initial knowledge of wine. You can study vintages, aromas, regions of wine production, and more. Here are some tips to get you started.
Study of vintages. You can study the history of chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, zinfandel, cabernet, merlot, and others.
Aromas. There are “primary” and “secondary” aromas – including what is in the growing soil to influence the grape all the way to what type of barrel the grapes are aged in.
Regions. Regions may include France, Spain, California, Oregon, Argentina, and other popular wine-producing areas.
Perhaps the most fun part of wine tasting is making personal visits to tour wineries. For instance, there are eight wineries in the Tubac region that attract wine enthusiasts year round.
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