Wine

The Basics of Wine Tasting Events

Wine tasting is just like exploring a new world; once you begin your adventure, you don’t know exactly where you are going to land. So yes, if you have the knack for exploring new things, then attending a wine tasting party should definitely be on your list of things to do.

Wine tasting offers the best of both worlds-you get to taste great wines from all over the world, and at the same time you meet new people who may serve as your contacts later in the future.

Types of wine tasting events

There are two types of wine tasting gatherings: formal gatherings, wherein attendees sit as if they are in a seminar, and informal parties wherein participants may go around the venue and mingle with other people while sipping wine.

In private wine tasting events, you will come across people who have different levels of knowledge about wines. Some of them are first-time attendees, others are seasoned enthusiasts, while there are also those who are expert reviewers and connoisseurs. These gatherings offer a lot of perks, as you are able to increase your knowledge about wines and the industry they delve in, as well as people who are well-versed with wines and can provide you with sound opinions on the selections present for you to try.

How to taste wine:

There is a proper way of tasting wine, especially when you are in a tasting event. This includes the following steps:

  1. View the drink directly from above, with the glass being in a vertical position. Check the depth, clarity, and brightness of the wine.
  2. Tilt the glass and view the wine from an angle, and check the color at the center. See if there’s any variance of colors between the core and the rim.
  3. Smell the wine, but don’t swirl it. See the cleanliness, intensity, and finesse of the scent.
  4. Swirl the glass for a few seconds then smell the wine as it settles. Check the difference of the smell.
  5. Sip the wine then swirl it in your mouth. You then have the option to spit or swallow it. Check for the wine’s dimensions, such as balance of alcohol, flavor, and acidity.
  6. Taste the wine for the second time, and alternate between swirling and drinking gently, spitting and swallowing until you lose the interest for the wine. Consider the texture of the wine and how it keeps up inside your mouth.
  7. If you opt to spit the wine, purse your lips lightly and compress the wine out using your tongue.

How wine is served

Wine is served in a specific manner when in tasting events, and this is as follows:

  • White wine before red wine
  • Sweet wine after the dry wine
  • Young wine before the old wine
  • Full bodied wine after the light wine

Manners and etiquette

Like any other formal event, you should observe the manners being practiced in wine tasting sessions and follow them. If it’s your first time to attend an event, then it would be great to research on the common etiquette practiced beforehand, so that you know how to deal with the wines and the people once you’re there.

To spit or to swallow?

Spitting the wine became part of standard practice of professional wine tasters, because if you swallow ever wine you taste, you may not have the keen ability to differentiate one variant from another after a number of rounds. Hence, spitting is an acceptable step in wine tasting; you may spit the wine into a spittoon, or an ice bucket shared between two wine tasters.

The option to swallow the wine remains open too.

The key to maintaining a good wine tasting practice is to avoid making loud spitting or gurgling sounds. Some tasters may find this as a manner of disrespect, or that you’re still new to wine tasting events.
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