Virginia Wine Tasting
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In Virginia winery tasting rooms, learn “how to taste wine”
A wine tasting tutorial
Few things are more intimidating than wine tasting. You may feel that you lack the knowledge and experience to properly taste wines. First thing that any wine taster should do is “relax!” This is a very personal experience. There are few absolutes in wine tasting or few "right" or "wrong" perceptions. The ultimate evaluation of any wine is “Do you like it!” Remember, wine is supposed to be fun.
Here's how it goes at most Virginia local winery tasting rooms: The visitor settles in. A small amount of wine is poured - usually a series of whites to start, then a series of reds. Dry wines to begin, then sweeter wines to finish. For the most part, whites are light and easier to taste. Reds tend to have more complex, heavier flavors; you don't want to overwhelm your taste buds by tasting them first. Drink some water or have a cracker after tasting a wine to cleans your palate in order to better appreciate the next wine.
How do I taste wines? It’s as simple as 1-2-3.
There are three aspects to tasting any wine. 1 Color- 2 Smell - 3 Taste
"Off smells" include:
And third the Taste
Body - Fullness or thinness. A function of both alcohol and glycerols.
Fruitiness - Intensity is a function of the variety, growing conditions and winemaking techniques.
Sweetness is tasted at the tip of the tongue. The wine can be medium, dry or sweet. - Comes from the wine's fruit flavors as well as any fermented grape sugars left in the wine. If there is no perceived sweetness, a wine is "dry".
Acidity is tasted on the sides of the tongue. White wines have more acidity than red wines. Acidity provides tartness to the wine. Gives the wine crispness and freshness, without which the wine is flat and sour.
Tannin is tasted at the back of the tongue and tastes bitter like a strong cup of tea that makes your mouth fur up (that slight 'pucker feeling'.) - The bitterness you taste comes from grape skins and seeds. It is essential to the finish of a wine. Most obvious in reds.
Alcohol is sensed at the back of the throat and gives a warming sensation. The higher the level of sugar in the grapes before fermentation, the higher potential alcohol the wine will have.
After swallowing, notice the aftertaste. EVALUATE THE FINISH - Savoring. Concentrate on the wine's finish (the sensation and flavors left in your mouth after swallowing. Did you like it? Why or why not? What did you notice about the body? How long did the impression/flavor linger? How long does the wine stay in your mouth? Finish is a term that describes the length of time you can taste the wine once you have swallowed. A crisp, clean and lingering finish is a mark of a good wine.
So please go visit the local tasting rooms at the wineries. Here are some for wineries for you to try; Veramar Vineyard www.veramar.com, Piedmont, North Mountain or Breaux. Visit Virginia Wine Country on the web at http://www.virginiawine.org for a complete listing of Virginia wineries.
There you go and there you have it. Go to a local winery tasting room so you can continue your journey in the world of wine with a better understanding of how to taste wine.
This article courtesy of http://www.allworldwines.com.
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