Wine tasting should be a fun experience, one where you learn about wine and how to properly taste wine. There are a number of elements and steps when it comes to wine tasting. One of those elements is tasting and surveying the wine based on sight. There are three views that you will use to taste wine by sight. Here are those three views shared by Randi Glazer.
- The Side View is when you hold the wine in the light and view it through the side of the glass. This shows you how clear the wine is. If you notice that your wine is murky, it could mean a few things. Murky wine is normally a sign that the wine has not been fermented properly or that there are chemicals present. It may also mean that the wine is unfiltered has been shaken prior to pouring, which leads to the visibility of sediment. If your wine is clear, that is a good sign.
- The Tilted View is when you tilt the glass so that the wine things towards the rim. This view teaches you about the age of the wine. If the color is pale and water near the edge of the glass, the wine is likely bland. If the wine is brown or orange, it is likely past its prime drinking date.
- The Swirl is your last eyesight wine tasting test. Swirl your wine in the glass and look for “tears” and “legs” that trickle down the side of the glass. If you notice either it means that your wine has more glycerin and alcohol content. This means that your wine is riper, dense, and flavorful.
Randi Glazer is a senior underwriting professional with years of success and experience. In her free time, she is an avid wine taster.