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How to drink wine like an expert? How to drink wine properly? Get the most out of your bottle of wine by learning some simple steps.


Step 1 – Look at Color and Clarity (Opaqueness) Observe the wine for its opaque characteristics. Hold up behind the wine glass a white piece of paper, a white linen napkin, or something that creates a white neutral background. Examine the wine by tilting the glass away from you so that you can observe the wine’s color starting at the rim of the glance and following the wine to the center of the glass.


 Is the wine heavy, dark, watery, translucent?  How else could you describe it?  Is it clear or cloudy, or does it have sediment floating in it, like pieces of cork?


Step 2 – Smell Release the aroma of your wine.. Swish it around for a good 10 to 12 seconds, and then sniff it to get a first impression of the wine. After that first impression settles, press your nose down into the wine glass and inhale deeply through your nose.


What are your impressions of the aroma now? Humans can pick up on thousands of unique scents. Our sense of smell is key to properly analyzing a wine.


Step 3 – Taste Sample the wine, beginning with a little sip and rolling it around the inside of your mouth, letting it connect with all of our taste-buds.

Sipping wine slowly allows your taste-buds and your sense of smell to recognize the finer flavors of the wine that are not detected as easily when its gulped down.


Three phases of taste testing


1. Attack Phase -

the initial impression that the wine makes on your palate Initial sensations: acidity, alcohol content, residual sugar, and tannins.


Evolution Phase - refers to the actual taste of the wine on your palate. Discern the wine’s “flavor profile”.

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Finish Phase - detect how long a wine’s flavor impression lingers after we swallow the wine. • • • • • •

How long a finish lasts – a few seconds, or longer? Does the taste hang with you or is it short-lived? What did the wine’s weight feel like – light-bodied, mediumbodied, or full-bodied (like water, milk, and cream, respectively?) What is your last flavor impression (plumy, buttery, spicy)? Do you taste a remnant of the wine at the back of your mouth or throat? Do you want another sip or did the wine have too bitter an end?


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How to Drink Wine Like an Expert