Here’s some good news for wine lovers! You need not know a thing on tannins or vintage years to delight in the activity. In fact, forget all those rules you think you must know before actually enjoying 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 and sniff it. You totally have to swirl the wine in your glass, smell it, and then taste it. With the swirling motion, oxygen gets into the wine and makes its fragrance stronger. Getting a strong whiff of the wine prior to tasting it also preps your palate for the flavors it should expect.
Spit it or swallow it?
Spitting out wine was meant to prevent wine tasters from becoming intoxicated, but these days, wineries usually offer smaller amounts for their tastings – usually two or three ounces – so your chances of intoxication are rather low. 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 spit it out, you decide. It’s absolutely your choice, and both are fine.
If you have any questions, ask.
If it seems like the wine steward is speaking Greek, don’t hesitate to seek clarification. Winemakers love babbling about these things and typically forget that many are alien to their jargon. Of course, a bit of research prior to the tasting goes a long way as well. In this day and age, it’s so easy to find information by using the Internet.
Define a budget.
This can begin from free to upwards of $60 for every experience. There’s no shame in asking about the cost and what it covers before selecting which wineries you can visit. And do keep in mind that if you attend a value-driven tasting, you should budget to purchase a bottle at the end of the event because this is expected.
Take down notes.
Lastly, nobody expects you to recall every detail about every wine you’ve tasted in a whole event. It’s totally okay to request for a pen and paper before the event begins (some vineyards may even provide this even if you don’t ask) so you can make notes as you go. 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.