When heading to experience wine tasting at the source, whether in the Loire region of France, Napa Valley in California or the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York, never be intimidate. Wine tasting can be fun, and think of this event as the time to learn the secrets in choosing a wine in a fine restaurant.
Follow these tips to choose confidently, and never seek the help of the sommelier to select a wine again. Choosing wine simply is understanding the three components of sight, aroma and taste.
- When presented a glass of wine, gently swirl it. This blends the wine and avoids sediment.
- Tilt the glass towards the light to determine the age of the wine. The film at the top of the glass after swirling will have a slightly different color than the wine in the glass.
- Red wine should show up as dark red clay at the upper portion of the glass. This means it is perfectly aged.
- With white wine, the color should have a somewhat deeper tone on the upper edge
- Next place the glass up to the nose and smell the wine, which is testing its bouquet. This is done before tasting to make sure the contents hasn't turned. A slight vinegar-like aroma means the wine has over-aged and is unacceptable.
- Tasting the wine becomes more personal and in essence is an individual’s preference. There is no right or wrong answer here.