LOOK DEEP INTO THE GLASS
Fill your glass one-third with wine,
then hold it on an angle against a
white backdrop. The white backdrop
helps you to best examine the wines
colour. Youre looking for the
wine to be clear and to reflect light
Wine shifts in colour as it ages.
A good rule of thumb is this: red
wines begin life with a purple hue,
moving along the spectrum to ruby,
garnet and finally brick red when
theyre fully mature. White wines
vary in colour over time as well.
They range from almost water white,
to pale straw, and could be a deep
golden yellow. Warning! If you notice
brown tinges in white wine, it has
oxidized (over-exposed to air). It
may not be suitable for drinking.
FOLLOW YOUR NOSE
With your fingers on the stem of your
glass, gently swirl the wine. As you
do this, the wines bouquet or
aroma is released. Put your nose to
the open area of the glass and inhale
deeply. Youre trying to identify
the aroma of things in the context
of something you already know, like
the scent of a type of fruit or flower.
Smelling is the most important step
in the wine tasting process. Your
nose can detect between as many as
5000 separate fragrances, odours and
aromas. Your nose is the sense most
closely linked with memory. As you
become more experienced with tasting,
you should be able to associate a
wine with different scents you already
TEMPT YOUR PALATE
your glass to your mouth and drink
a little of the wine. As you do, breathe
in through your mouth, and swish the
wine around to capture its flavour.
Your mouth confirms what your nose
has already discovered.
While your nose has thousands of
different ways to detect something,
you only have four taste sensations:
sweet, sour, salt and bitter. By swirling
and swishing the wine around your
mouth, you get the most of the wines
BREATHE TO THE FINISH
you swallow the wine (some tasters
choose to spit it out), breathe out
through your nose. This is the wines
finish, or aftertaste. Here, the wine
comes together to create one last
flourish of aroma and flavour.
Move through these steps each time
you taste a wine, and be sure to take
your time. Wine is meant to be enjoyed.
By isolating your senses, youll
get the most out of what youre