Not Another Crappy Wine Tasting Article, Please

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If you are curious about wine, going to an event can be an exciting way to learn and there is no doubt that you will have a great time.
But few newcomers actually go because it can be daunting as newbies don't typically know what to expect.
While there aren't many mysteries you can do yourself a favor to remember a few basics about wine tasting.
Number one: women get the first taste.
Sorry, it's just polite.
You might find complimentary bottled water at your disposal to cleanse your palate between tasting, if you want to choke down your anger.
When served, take the glass by the stem.
Grabbing the bulb warms the wine.
Typically there are snacks, maybe crackers or cheese to compliment the wine and to act as a palate cleanser between each pour.
Noting the color of the wine in your glass may impart some knowledge about what your drinking.
The glasses are made clear so you can note the visible structure of the wine, such as viscosity, visible sediment, deepness of color.
There should be a clean white tablecloth.
Never judge a wine by its name as many varietals differ depending on the region they were grown.
Learn about tasting by watching others.
See them swirl their glass before tasting.
It might look pretentious, but the act of swirling opens the wine and exposes aromas.
Wines age in the bottles over time and can settle in the bottle so swirling will bring them back to life and release their flavors.
Study the wine in your glass, sniff it, swirl it a bit then take some into your mouth.
Understanding the nose by smelling it will give you much more knowledge of what you're drinking.
There are many aromas to a varietal and taking the time to sniff out the fruit or wood or what have you will help you understand the profile of a grape.
After sniffing the wine, take it in, think about what you are smelling and try to define the characteristics in the glass.
The grand finale is to taste the wine.
The taste buds on your tongue will find the qualities of the wine with ease.
Is it bitter? Sweet? Swish it around to open it up more.
Tasting it this way will expose you to even more aromas.
Allow the flavors time to unfold and fill your mouth.
Once you've done that, you can start to pick out the flavors.
Spitting is the preferred method when tasting a flight of wines but I prefer to swallow.
Whatever you choose, what is left on your tongue is the finish and from that you should be able to discern even more flavors.
For a beginner, you should always learn as much as you can about the many different flavors and varieties of wine.
From these basics, you'll have a better understanding of what you should look for in both taste and flavor.
Even though you may a beginner, you should never pass up an opportunity to go and learn.
You'll find a great experience waiting for you and you'll get to experience wines that you may have never heard of before.

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