Taste Wine and Simply Enjoy Your Time with It

So where were we… yes, we have just poured a glass of wine and now it is time to taste it.
I have found out that getting familiar how to taste wine is no more complicated than learning how to appreciate nice music or decent art. I just had to teach my senses to find out which wine type gives me more pleasure.

A Man Tastes a Glass of Wine

I have selected two videos for you. They are both about the same topic and there is something else common in them than wine tasting – they both describe it as an easy process:

How To Taste Wine

by The Good Stuff

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro – Wine Simplified

by betterbooktv

Taste wine like a pro with these easy steps to evaluate wine and find out which one is your favorite one. I evaluate my wine in these three ways:

  • by sight – when I take a look at my wine, I will assess the color and density. This step takes just a few seconds – first I look straight down to the glass, then I hold it against the light, lastly I tilt it a bit to see the color. Seeing that wine looks clear and shows some sparkle, is always a good sign. The crystal clear wine glass will help you with this. Now I give it a swirl to see wine legs (the little drips on the inner rim of the glass). The more legs I see the stronger the wine is. Try with whiskey or cognac to see what I mean.
  • by sniff – I give my wine glass a swirl and take a sniff. There are over a thousand of aroma components in a glass of wine divided in three main categories – fruits, earth and wood. Trust your senses and find all the aromas in your wine. I use a wine aerator to reduce the amount of sulfites in the wine. It enhances the true wine aroma.
  • by taste – I have a sip to sense the flavor and structure. Flavors relate to fruits such as lemon, raspberry, coconut. Structure relates to sweetness, acidity, alcohol level, body, etc. This depends on the age and the region. A good wine should be balanced. To enjoy the wine at the same temperature I use a wine chiller stick. It preserves the right temperature for up to an hour. It is a small wine accessory that really makes a difference.

Once you have gone through these easy steps, you can determine for yourself whether you found your wine to be balanced, if there was anything unique, anything that impressed you, if it tastes good. To enjoy your wine to the fullest, always choose the one that tastes best to you.

If you are just like a friend of mine who differs wine by red or white and by the size of the bottle make sure you drop me a line for a peace of mind. He feels desperate.

Aerate Your Wine to Enhance Its True Flavour

Why should wine be left to breathe before you consume it?
Have you ever asked yourself a question like this one? What the difference would be?

You are having a nice dinner party at your home later tonight. You have already invited some family friends to spend a pleasant evening together. To have some chat… to enjoy a few glasses wine… You are anxiously looking forward to the dinner party. You have a few bottles of fine red wine prepared for tonight, they are sitting on the kitchen counter. Then you start wondering…

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Photo by Elton Morris, on Flickr

When should I open the wine bottles? Before my friends come or after that?

I would like to share with you what I have learned from John. He is a friend of mine. I know him for a few years. John is a wine enthusiast and always uses the chance to wine-educate me. And I have to honestly tell you, he has some great tips to share!

Once while I was having a dinner with John he said to me that it is best to open a bottle of red wine no less than half an hour before the guests have arrived and the wine party has started. He said that once the wine inside the bottle is left to aerate, it allows the wine molecules to expand and the aromas to develop with the contact of air. To ensure maximum contact with air, John has said to me – “you may choose to use wine aerator or a decanter”. I have found out that both work equally fine for me so it’s a matter of preference.

Wine decanters are sophisticated and impressive wine accessories. They are used to add class and style to the vino inside. Decanters are easy to use. Simple pour your wine, leave it for a half an hour, while it constantly aerates. The downside is that things can get a little messy sometimes… I have broken a few quite easily as most decanters are made of glass. There are a few plastic ones but they do not look the same way. I look forward a titanium wine decanter to be invented so it can last in the kitchen while I am around. 😀

New Decanter
Photo – New Decanter by Geoff Parsons, Flickr

I would rather pick a wine aerator – this is a new-era wine accessory solution. Wine aerators are pocket-fit small. It is pretty easy to carry it anywhere. I prefer the ones that are attached to the lip of the bottle. They aerate my wine as I pour it into the wine glasses and would help it evolve and age more quickly for best results. The wine aerators are typically made of acrylic so they are quite durable and more practical, as they do not take any extra space like the decanter.

The Wine Aerator Is A New-Era Aeration Solution
The Wine Aerator Is A New-Era Aeration Solution

A wine decanter or a wine aerator – you chose, but you should definitely get one of these small kitchen tools to gain maximum joy from your favourite bottle of red wine. Try either one and see the miracle that will happen with your wine.

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