This post is not intended to be the definitive tome on glassware, sensory perception or being a professional somellier.  These tips on tasting are about finding out why you like the wines you like and building on what you like without occurring as a novice to snooty neighbors or wine snobs who read labels and espouse the virtues of Robert Parker.

If you are tasting 2 or three wines, use one glass per wine.

Make sure the glasses are the same, with enough room so that when you give the liquids a good swirl – without the wine ending up on the floor.

Professional tasting glasses are easy to carry in packs and provide a standard across the industry – but for our interests, select a decent sized glass with an opening of sufficient size to get your nostrils into the working area.


1. Taste Wines made from a single variety so that you get to know flavor profiles. This doesn’t mean that wines blended from a number of grape varieties are not worthy – it just means that when training your palate keep it simple.

2. Help your brain remember what you sampled, always taste more that one wine at a time – preferable where the comparison tells you something.

3. Distinguish wines that come from cool climates from those from warm climates – identify those wine varieties that do well in certain climates and countries.

4. Take your wine tasting seriously by putting skin in the game – buy the wines you like by the case or half-case – build a cellar.

5. Cellar-building strategies that enhance your expertise, hold on to the wines you like and explore options in expanding your knowledge without breaking the bank.

 

 

 


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