There are ways to get the most out of the smell (nose/bouquet) and taste (palate) of wine, by agitating the liquid and mixing it with lots of air once it’s poured.
It’s amazing how much more vivid the smells and tastes become.
- 1- Pour a small amount of wine (around 1-2 cms) into a wine glass – to the widest point, which should be less then half way up.
- 2- Swill the wine around the glass by moving the glass in fairly vigorous repeated circular motions, so the wine reaches to around two-thirds of the way up the glass. This can be done either by keeping the glass on a table or other surface and moving the base of the glass, or by holding the glass in the air and tilting it slightly.
- 3- Place your nose inside the glass and smell. Some people find it tricky to identify particular smells, but just take your time let your nose tell you.
When a wine is extremely cold, smells and tastes can not be released. Most red wines are best drunk at room temperature and most whites, lightly chilled, though it’s best to check optimum conditions for each particular wine (some tell you on the label but, if not, ask your wine seller).
- 1- Repeat first two stages above.
- 2- Take a small sip of wine and breathe in backwards through your mouth, mixing as much air as possible with the wine, to release its flavours.
- 3- Swill the liquid around your mouth so it hits the sides of the mouth.
- Either swallow the wine as normal, or spit it into a suitable receptacle.
For most people, standard wine glasses suffice. But different glasses have been designed for wines to achieve their maximum potential. Some wines have a fuller flavour and need width to expand, so a wider glass is best; those that are more structured need height to develop fully, so a taller glass is most suitable. For more information, visit2bAsnob.com
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