In 2020, the United States was the leading consumer of wine, with France and Italy ranking second and third.
Although people worldwide enjoy savoring a glass of wine at dinner, not everyone knows proper wine etiquette. And, while this isn’t a problem when you’re sipping away at home, it can be embarrassing if you plan to attend a wine tasting with friends.
The good news is that learning how to attend a wine tasting is not too difficult, and in a matter of minutes, this post will share all you need to know. So keep reading to find out how to look like a professional wine taster!
Learn Wine Tasting Etiquette
If you’ve ever observed a wine connoisseur, you likely know that there are a few steps involved in tasting wine.
First, they’ll swirl the wine around in their glass and then hold it still while observing the contents. This step is to check the legs, tendrils of wine that stick to the sides of the glass. The more tendrils, the more alcohol content the wine contains.
Next, a wine connoisseur will smell the wine and take note of the aromas. To do this, you should inhale over the glass. This heightens the taste of the wine since much of your taste is influenced by smells.
Now, it’s time to have a sip! First, let the wine roll around your tongue since this is are where your tastebuds are. Then, go ahead and swallow the wine.
Of course, if you are tasting several different wines, you may want to spit out the wine after tasting it. But, you don’t have to do this unless you don’t want to feel the effects of the alcohol.
Use All Your Senses
While wine tasting may seem to be all about your sense of taste, other senses also come into play. So, remember to take in the aromas of the wines, feel the texture on your palate, and observe the color and appearance.
And, to avoid masking the scent of the wine, avoid wearing strong perfume or smoking right before a tasting event.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things
It’s easy to get tied to a certain grape or wine, but wine tastings are all about trying new things. Who knows? By getting out of your comfort zone, you may even find new favorite types of wines.
Get More out of the Experience
Tastings are often held at wineries, and if that’s the case with your event, take advantage of your surroundings. For example, you may get a tour to see how the wine is made or even watch demonstrations.
Even if these options are not available at your wine tasting event, you can ask the staff questions about their wines. Remember that staff members are more likely to share helpful information with you if you are polite and inquisitive!
Purchase Your Favorite Wines
At the end of your tasting, you may have the opportunity to visit the location’s wine store or purchase a few bottles from the staff. Doing so is a great way to get affordable wine, as it is often cheaper right at the winery than at the store.
Look Like a Professional at Your First Wine Tasting
After reading this advice, you are ready for your first wine tasting! Don’t worry if you don’t know everything about wine yet since tastings are the perfect place to acquire knowledge using all your senses. After going to a few events, you’ll not only look like an expert- you’ll be one too!
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