It’s easy to taste wine as well as a professional wine taster. This article will give you the best tips to help guide and teach you how to taste wine, how to evaluate wine and how to remove all hints of oenophobia!
People have been tasting wine for thousands of years. People have been making money as wine tasters for more than 100 years. What do they know that you don’t? When it comes to tasting wine and understanding how to evaluate a wine for its qualities and note its faults, after reading this page, not much.
Of course they will have a greater understanding on the history of the wine, the grape, the appellation the wine came from, as well as the chemistry behind things, but knowing those types of interesting information are not going to make you a better taster. Reading this page, and tasting wine again, and again are going to turn you into a better taster. For tips on tasting Bordeaux wine: How to Taste Bordeaux Wine
Oenophobia, the fear of wine. Let’s get rid of any fear you might have about wine tasting now because wine is simply a true beverage of hedonistic pleasure, which is certainly nothing to be afraid of.
Remember, wine tasting, wine drinking, or evaluating wine are related, but they are different skill sets. Tasting wine is more for education to help you understand the wine and let you know if you like the wine, or not. Evaluating wine is for a deeper, more critical look at the wine, or wines in question.
Evaluating wine is often done in peer groups letting you know how a wine, or group of wine compares to other wines in the same peer group. Drinking wine is for pleasure. Hopefully, you will be be spending a lot more time drinking wine than evaluating or tasting wine. The best wines in the world are meant to be enjoyed with friends and family over a meal.
The problem most people have with wine is “oenophobia,” a fear of wine. The fear comes from the a variety of factors starting with unfamiliarity with wine and how to talk about wine and explain what you’re tasting. This dictionary of wine terms will help you with that: ABC of Wine, A Glossary of Important Wine Terms
The first step in understanding how to taste wine is to get over your fear. There is no right or wrong in your taste. You are always going to like what you like because you like. Do not pay attention to geek at the wine store with his fancy vocabulary. He tastes a lot more wine than you do, but he cannot decide what wine is best for your palate, only you can.
Sadly, too many people make wine overly complicated. Wine as a unique beverage is complex. Understanding wine is easy. Comparing wines to each other is even easier still. For a look at how wines are rated and scored when compared to other wines in the same group: How and why wines are rated and scored
The simple way to look at this is, take two or three different glasses of a similar wine and compare them. You are going to like one better than the others, and one glass is going to be the worse. You do not need a wine vocabulary to say you like this wine better or worse.
With time, your wine vocabulary will improve. For now, let’s stick with the basics of how to taste wine. To be a good wine tasters, all you need are your normal senses, sight, smell, taste and touch. With a little practice, you’ll see how easy it is to be a good wine taster.
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