Follow these 3 easy steps to taste wine like the professionals:
1. Start with the lightest such as sparkling, then lighter whites, followed by lighter reds, heavier reds and sweet fortified wines. Bread and sparkling wines are a great way to reset the palate.
2. Use your senses!
Pick the glass up by the stem (holding the bowl can warm the wine) and take a moment to look at its colour. A young red is usually brighter while white wines tend to look more golden as they age.
Keep the glass on a flat surface and give it a swirl for around 15 seconds to allow oxygen into the wine and release the delicious wine aromas. Now, lift the glass to your nose and give it a good smell and try and work out any aromas you recognise, even if they’re non-wine things like cut grass, mushrooms, or popcorn.
Now you can taste, take a small sip, letting the wine spread across your tongue, noticing the effects on your tastebuds. The tip of the tongue detects sweetness, the inner sides detect acidity, and the outer sides detect saltiness.
3. Spit or not to spit? While the pros generally make the most of the spittoons, one of the joys of being a regular person is that you don’t have to. But whatever you decide, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the aftertaste on your tongue!
At UnWined Subiaco you can taste over 250 wines from 40 WA wineries so no doubt you will be tasting like the pros by the end of it! Tickets available from www.wineandfood.com.au.