Wine Tasting Is An Art
Drinking wine is easy but tasting wine is something that needs experience and a good knowledge of wines in general. A genuine expert on wine can handle wine in the right way from tasting, smelling to actually drinking it.
Today, wines have become a part of the daily meal in a lot of homes and more so if there is red meat on the menu. The common rule is that red wines goes with red meat like beef roast and pork and white wine goes with white meat like chicken and fish.
The thousand odd varieties in existence today are dependent on the type of grape used and the location they are grown in. Only those in love with wine, experienced and well-versed with its many nuances and notes can really distinguish the very subtle characteristics of good wine by just tasting and smelling. What one needs to be aware of is that good wine will taste smooth. Those that don't have either been corked with bad corks or were not stored properly. A lot depends on the storage of the wine and a manhandled bottle can really spoil the wine inside.
Wine tasting is done by taking a small sip of the wine, letting it rest a little on the tongue and then swirling it around in the mouth so the actual flavor hits the taste buds as well as the sense of smell. That's all one needs - a sense of smell and very perceptive taste buds.
Now apart from these two sensory requirements, another very essential aspect is the physical look of the wine. The appearance is best seen when the wine is poured into a clear glass and held against a contrasting background. The color of wine is studied mainly because white wine is not technically white, but it goes from being yellow to green to even brown. The darker the color of the white wine the older it is and the stronger the flavor. But not all whites improve with age, some even spoil. Red wines on the other hand age very well. Red wines go lighter as they age. You can tell if a red is old by tilting the glass a little and looking at the color that settles on the rim of the glass. The more brown it is, the older it is.
Another way of seeing how much sugar content is present in the wine is by swirling it around in the glass. A good clean swirl will tell you that it has a high alcohol and sugar content. Wine connoisseurs have specific guidelines that tell them how to go about tasting the wine, what to look for and then give a verdict. But wine drinking depends a lot on the person's own tastes and choices. Of course the pleasure of drinking wine is greatly increased if you know how to smell and taste it the right way.