Wine tasting is a popular hobby and learning how to taste wines is an adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Wine tasting starts with your basic senses. For Randi Glazer, who spends most of her time on her demanding and successful career as an underwriting consultant, wine tasting is more than just a hobby. She takes pleasure in the art and passes along some basics to help anyone who would like to get into wine tasting.
Randi notes that you can smell thousands of unique scents, however when it comes to your taste perception, our sense is limited to salty, sweet, sour and bitter. It is the combination of smell and taste that allows you to discern flavor. So naturally, these two senses play a key role in wine tasting and discovering the flavors. Another sense that is important to wine tasting is our sight. Randi suggests looking at your wine and checking the color and clarity helps enhance the experience. The best way to do this is to pour your wine into a wine glass. Then tilt the glass away from you and check out the color of the wine from the rim edges to the middle of the glass. Sometimes it may help to have a white background by either using your napkin or possibly a white tablecloth.
As Randi Glazer previously mentions, smelling the wine is another key aspect to wine tasting. Our sense of smell is critical in properly analyzing a glass of wine. To get a good impression of your wine’s aroma, swirl your glass for a solid 10-12 seconds which Randi has learned helps vaporize some of the wine’s alcohol and release more of its natural aromas and then inhale deeply into your glass to gain a first impression. A wine’s aroma is an excellent indicator of its quality and unique characteristics. Swirl the wine and let the aromas mix and mingle, and sniff again.
Lastly, Randi says that tasting the wine is the most important step in wine tasting. She has learned that first you start with a small sip and let it roll around your mouth. Randi notes that there are three stages of taste, first is the attack phase, then the evolution phase and finally the finish. While Randi Glazer is mostly working in her consulting firm, she also takes time away from work to enjoy her favorite hobby. Wine tasting has become a serious hobby and she takes every opportunity to learn as much as she can.
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