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How to do a wine tasting.
When tasting wine your primary goal should be identifying how each of the 4 key characteristics: tannin, acidity, sweetness and alcohol unfold and represent themselves to you and your senses. Smell and taste are important. However, colour and other patterns you may spot by simply looking at your glass should will help you to define your tasting experience.
Below is some Guidance from ‘Winefolly‘ to help you make notes during your tasting:
Wine tasting tips – What to look for when tasting wine
Before you crack open and start decanting your bottles awaiting tasting, be sure to eat a full breakfast. There is nothing worse than drinking on an empty stomach for your hang over the next day, and it will ensure you do not waste your tasting experience by overpowering effects of alcohol on an empty stomach.
If you are visiting wineries on a day trip in a wine growing region, many of them offer lunch and breathtaking views where you should book ahead or include lunch as part of a package. Many wineries also offer exclusive restaurants, where they will normally serve their own wine and that of surrounding area and have local staff to assist with your wine pairing selection.
If you are exploring an area and can’t be fussed planning ahead, pick up some sandwiches at the nearest township café of deli and enjoy whilst taking in the fresh air and beauty of wine country.
Patsy knows a thing or two.