Beginner's Tips for Wine-Tasting

22 Jan

Great news for wine lovers! There's no need to be familiar with  things like tannins or vintage years or acids to have fun at this activity. In fact, throw out all those rules you think you should know in order to truly enjoy the experience. Wine is what you make of it as the drinker, and we all know that we all have different preferences.

In any case, here are six simple tips to help you make a wine-tasting event more unforgettable for you as a newbie:In any case, below are easy tips that can help make wine-tasting more memorable for you as a beginner:In any case, the following are six basic steps to make your every wine-tasting event unforgettable as a beginner:

Swirl it before sniffing. You totally have to swirl the wine in your glass, smell it, and then taste it. The swirling action lets oxygen enter the wine, giving it a boost of fragrance. By taking a strong whiff of the wine before the actual tasting, you are priming your palate for the flavors to come.

Spit or Swallow, it's up to you.

The reason behind spitting out wine is to stop you from getting intoxicated, but nowadays, wineries typically offering much smaller portions during tastings - about two or three ounces - so intoxication is highly unlikely. Back then, spitting out wine was necessary to keep wine tasters from getting drunk, but most wineries now serve way smaller portions during tastings - no more than two or three ounces per wine - so the possibility of intoxication is essentially negligible. So, if you'd rather enjoy the wine all the way down, swallow it. Or if you must, spit it out. It's absolutely your choice, and both are fine. Check out Santa Ynez wineries or read the best Solvang wine tasting tips.

Ask questions if you have any. 

If you feel as if the wine steward is speaking in tongues, it's always good to ask for clarification. Winemakers enjoy talking about these things and usually forget that not everybody is familiar with their jargon. Of course, you can do some research before the tasting too. In this day and age, it's so easy to find information by using the Internet.

Create a budget.

They can go from complimentary or free to north of $50 each experience. It's smart to know the cost and it coverage before picking a winery to visit. And do consider that if you go to a value-driven tasting, you should be ready to buy a bottle at the end of the tasting as this is expected.

Make notes.

Finally, no one expects that you will remember every single detail about every single wine you've tasted throughout an event. It's completely fine to ask for a pen and paper at the beginning (many vineyards will even offer without you asking) so you can take down notes as you go along. And there are no such things as "right" or "wrong" notes. These only serve to help you remember what liked and disliked about the wine, and why. Continue reading more on this here:

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