Wine for Thought: The Ultimate Wine Tasting Cheat Sheet
Whether you are new to wine or a seasoned vet, we have some tips and tricks to getting the most out of your wine tasting experience.
Here are the Six S's of Wine Tasting:
Take a close look at the wine in your glass; There is more to the color than you might think! White wines can range in color from clear to shades of yellow or a golden, honey color. A more honey-colored wine typically tells you that it may have been aged longer and could have spent some time in an oak barrel. Reds can range from red to purple and even a garnet or brick-colored red. Again, color can often indicate a wines age; and since it's not polite to ask one's age, you can assume that a darker or more "brick-colored" red has been aged a bit longer than one that is more of a bright red or purple.
This one is simple... Swirling your glass will help to release the aromas of the wine, making the next "S" much more effective!
Our sense of smell plays a major role in how something tastes. Don't be shy... Get your nose in there and take a nice deep breath! Some aromas you may pick up on? Red Wines: Dark berries (blackberry, raspberry, cherry, plum), chocolate, nuts.. even tobacco! White Wines: Apples, pears, apricots, citrus, tropical fruits, honey, herbs & even flowers!
Another no-brainer! Tip that glass back & take a nice big sip... But, WAIT!
Before you swallow that delicious sip of wine.. take a minute to swish it around in your mouth & experience all of the wine's characteristics.
Good wine is meant to be savored. Taking your time and savoring each sip will allow you to really take in the complexity of the wine. A few more characteristics you may notice while savoring your wine: Acidity - White wines are typically more acidic than red wines. The acidity balances out the sweetness of a wine and gives it a crispness. Tannins - Tannins are what give you that drying feeling on your tongue (very similar to what you experience when drinking a cup of coffee or tea). This bitter taste comes from the grape skins and seeds and is often more obvious in red wines.
I'm going to add 1 last "S" for good luck...
When it comes to wine storage, play it cool. Wine is best stored at a temperature of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and should be kept out of direct sunlight. UV rays will prematurely age your wine. Storing your wine on its side (wine racks are making so much more sense now), will keep the cork from drying out and allowing oxygen in. Now that you've got your handy-dandy cheat sheet, you're ready for a trip to Adirondack Winery! With the Six S's of Wine Tasting, you may just find a new favorite wine!