The idea of attending a wine tasting event can seem intimidating although it shouldn’t be. So I’ve put together a simplified version to help you nail down the art of wine tasting using 6 simple steps.
Step 1: See and admire the wine
Wine tasting is purely for enjoyment so take your time to look at and admire the wine for a few seconds before sipping it (just like wine connoisseurs do.)
Step 2: Swirl the wine to release the trapped-in aroma
After you admire the wine, swirl the glass to release the aroma that’s been trapped inside the wine for months or years.
Step 3: Smell the released aroma
When the aroma is released, smell it for enjoyment purposes. After all, the purpose of wine tasting is for enjoyment, and also to appreciate the laborious work that went into making the wine. So take your time to enjoy the process.
Step 4: Sip the wine
Then sip the wine to taste it.
Step 5: Savor the wine
Instead of swallowing quickly, savor the wine by swirling it inside your mouth for a few minutes. This allows all the decadence trapped inside the wine from years of aging to be released into your mouth.
Step 6: Swallow the wine.
Tip: You’re tasting a lot of wine and want to avoid getting drunk too early, spit the wine instead of swallowing it. That way you can taste more wines throughout the day and pace yourself. It’s wine tasting after all, not necessarily wine drunking.