We may think it is difficult, but it is easy to taste wine like a professional wine taster. For more than a century, people have been making dollars out of wine tasting. But, what do they see and what specifics do they notice when selecting a particular wine over the other. What you need to keep in mind before venturing into this area is that wine tasting, wine drinking and evaluating wine are all related, but they are all based on different skill sets. Tasting wine helps you get a peek into the basic education of the wine. Evaluating wine is going in deep, as to what and why the particular wine surpasses the other in quality and taste. Coming to the topic at hand, how to taste wine and enjoy just on the taste evaluation? The first and the foremost thing is to get over the fear that constantly makes you think you are not a pro, and you can’t do it. There is no right or wrong when it comes to tasting, because it all depends on the kind of flavour that hits and sits upon the likeness of you. Do not be flabbergasted with the expert’s opinions and change yours. They are wine geek and they have been dealing with it for a long time. You are new and venturing into it, you would want to trust solely your own choices and opinion.
Too many people over complicate the wine, it is not easy, but it is no science either. Wine is a complex beverage, but understand it isn’t. If you can’t get into the decision of one wine being the best, simply do a comparative analysis of the options available. This is a common practice in Australia, especially among those who go on a winery tour Yarra Valley. When you are overwhelmed with the decision, take two to three different glasses of wine and compare them together. You are going to like one better than the others, and one is definitely going to be worse. You don’t need to be a scientist to understand this. Similarly, gauging the wine preferences start with your eyes. See the colour, tilt and the glass and see how it looks on the surface. Notice the colours, they tell you a lot!
Now that you are done looking at the colour, it is about time you judge it on the basis of scent or aroma. Swirl, smell and sniff the wine. Our sense of smell is stronger than we give it the credit, and it is the key component if you want to taste wine like a professional. Only swirl a bit, if you are a beginner because you might be in the danger of spilling the wine on your clothes. Keep your mouth slightly open while inhaling and exhaling the scents from the wine, because it helps in uncovering the complexities of the wine tasting even before you taste it. Use what works for you, it the wine smells good, it is sound and you just might want to try it out.
When you are done testing the wine, it is time to move towards the final step. And the final step actually taste the wine and come to your conclusion. While it all depends on how you perceive the wine’s taste and your personal like or dislike, there are a few indicators that you must keep in mind if you want to be a better wine taster. Tasting involves more than just guessing if the wine was sweet, salt, bitter or sour. There is also the texture of the wine to be kept in mind alongside the length of the entire experience of the exuberance that you get while drinking a good wine. These three paired together will let you know if the wine is the one that you really want or not.
Remember, wine tasting and being a professional taster for wine tours is easy when you are confident and believe in yourself. The more you taste and try to get into the depth of the taste, the better wine taster you are going to be. Remember the wines you tasted throughout one tasting and decide which one clicked to you and which one did not. It is also going to help you make a better buying decision. Good luck with that!