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Proper Wine Tasting

If you want to join an elite wine connoisseur club or simply want to learn how to taste the difference between two different bottles of Merlot, here are some tips on the proper method to tasting wine. Wine tasting involves several different senses.

Here's how:

  • Color and Clarity
    The first step to tasting a new wine is to use your eyes. Poor wine into your wine class and open your eyes. Take a look at the wine and it's color. If you move or tilt the glass back and forth concentrating on the color from the middle of the glass to the rim. Observe the color and determine if it's dark red, maroon, more purple, rusty, brownish, etc. If it's a white wine you'll see variations of white, golden, light yellow, clear and more. Also determine how opaque the wine is. Can you see through the wine? Is it more translucent or opaque, cloudy, clear, etc.? Experts also look for particles in the wine or sediment. If you tilt and swirl the wine in the glass you might also see tinges of orange or darker aspects of a white wine - due to age.
  • Smell
    The 2nd step involves yet again another aspect of your face but not your mouth. Swirling your wine in your glass again take a quick sniff and pull your head up for a first impression of the wine. What did you smell? Did you like it? Next you'll go in for a much longer and deeper smell of the wine. Place your nose farther into the glass to inhale the wine fumes. What did you smell this time? Many people look for scents of citrus, oak, berry, and more. A wine's smell will eventually help you determine the quality of a wine and if you'll like it before it even hits a single taste bud.
  • Taste
    Finally it's taste time but slow down and take a moment to properly taste your wine. Experts suggest you take a small sip and allow it to linger and roll around in your mouth to help determine the different flavors. Experienced wine tasters will go further and introduce air into their mouths to help bring out additional flavors and aromas. You might not want to do this on your first try but simply tilt your head forward, purse your lips like you're going to whistle and breathe in through your mouth, exhale through your nose. Eventually you'll teach yourself to look for the wines balance of acid, alcohol and tannin. Ideally, one will not over power the other and you'll have a sense of balance. Too much acid can cause an unpleasant tartness and too little may mean bring a flat taste. Too much alcohol may come off as too sweet, and biting when swallowed. An overabundance of tannins can make your mouth pucker.
  • Record the Name
    If you plan on making wine tasting a hobby, record on paper or on a cell phone the name of the wine as well as your impressions. If you, several years later, come back to that same wine you may notice that age has improved the taste - comparing over time can be a lot of fun.

Jane Fonda sips white wine while plugging film Book Club with co-stars Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen

They make up the star-studded cast of Book Club. So it was no surprise that actresses Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen looked thick as thieves as they reunited at CinemaCon in Las Vegas Wednesday. The close castmates and on ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:54:00 GMT



Half Off Mug Club for Fridays at the Fountain - Crystal City's Pop-Up Beer & Wine Garden

Join the Mug Club for Fridays at the Fountain, Crystal City's popular outdoor beer garden! Open every Friday starting in May, Fridays at the Fountain not only features a fantastic selection of beer and wine from Crystal City Wine Shop, and live music ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:45:00 GMT



Wine calendar: Gervasi Vineyard spring tour, Tequila Fest, Ferrari-Carano wine dinners, more

Grand tasting is 7-9 p.m. for $125; VIP tasting is 5-7 p.m. for $250. Saturday, May 5: North Coast Wine Club will be bottling Chilean wines - Carmenere and Malbec - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New members are welcome. Email info@northcoastwineclub.net. The club meets ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:07:00 GMT



Alcohol guide: Test your new skills at these wine bars

Wines by the glass typically feature a varied selection from around the world, while a wine club membership gives you the chance to try a new bottle every month and get access to special tastings. wineonhigh.com

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:29:00 GMT



Women Of The Wine World At Vinitaly International: Why Now

This W3 tasting was a small sample set, nonetheless it illustrated the wine world's integration within the initiatives globally. Emergence of Buying Clubs Dedicated to Women WOW Sonoma, a subscription wine club featuring exclusively wines from women ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:53:00 GMT



Wine Wednesday: The benefits of membership

you might consider joining one of the Rogue Valley's many wine clubs. Most wineries establish a fan base by offering no-cost membership in a club that provides discounts on wine purchases and tastings. In return, the member agrees to buy wines released ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:17:00 GMT



Wine and Food Fest returns to Nikkei Centre

The Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown and the Burnaby Rotaract Club's Wine and Food Fest is the premier fundraiser for the organization, and as such it needs to be successful, according to Antonia Beck, chair of the event. "Rotary is made up of ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:00:00 GMT



Northwest Wine: Maryhill earns string of gold medals at this year's Cascadia judging

They're available primarily to members of Maryhill's wine club, though they are now for sale to the general public through either Maryhill tasting room. Last fall, the Leutholds opened a satellite tasting room in their hometown of Spokane within the ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:44:00 GMT



Total Wine & More Raises More Than $21,000 for Boys & Girls Club

Total Wine & More, America's largest independent retailer of fine wine, beer and spirits, attracted huge crowds and more than $21,000 in donations during the recent Grand Opening of its new store, located at 2250 Bridgepointe Parkway in San Mateo, California.

Published:  Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:05:00 GMT



"śCultural premiumization' fuels consumer thirst for higher-priced wine

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Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:57:00 GMT



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