The Five Steps of Tasting Wine

Setting, Seeing, Smelling, Sipping, and Summarizing

Here, we’re just going to briefly touch on the importance of the five areas that can help you become a better wine taster – Setting, Seeing, Smelling, Sipping, Summarizing. By no means is the goal here to make you a Master Sommelier. The goal, really, is just to make the wine experience more enjoyable. And to be honest, I want to learn more about these things myself, so maybe some of you do as well. Through learning, maybe wine can be more tangible and thus more fun. Here’s a snapshot of future topics we’ll be covering in more detail:

Setting It’s not just a wine glass. Good friends can make for good wine. Wine shouldn’t compete with candles, perfume/cologne, pets, or smelly foods.

Seeing Worth a few seconds to look before you drink. Understand what wine colors, opacity and viscosity might mean for the wine you are about to smell.

Smelling Wine smells like wine, right! Train your nose to pick out both broad and specific aroma categories.

Sipping Does the sip match the smells you were getting? Your palate is your palate, so you may pick up different flavors than your tasting partners. Not liking one wine, does not mean that you don’t like wine. Tastes and preferences evolve over time, so keep tasting new wines as often as you can.

Summarizing In this future post, we’ll discuss some basics like tasting notes tips, what to include, etc. But for most people, the main question to ask and remember her is: Was the wine any good?

We hope you enjoyed this quick glimpse of things to come. If there are other topics you don’t see here, and you would like us to cover, please let us know. We enjoy doing the research and sharing our findings. Together, we can all enjoy the process of “Taking life one sip at a time.”   Please share using icons below:

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