How To Appreciate Wine

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how to appreciate wine Take your wine drinking to a whole new level with these tasting tips you will need a blindfold wine glasses flavor knowledge patience complementary foods and variety step one conduct blind tastings Judging a wine without knowing details like the vintage grape variety country of origin producer and price is a great way to develop your palate because you won't be swayed by outside influences step two use the correct glass White wine should be served in a glass with a medium diameter bowl to concentrate its aroma Red requires a wider bowl so that as much air can mix with the wine as possible A sparkling wine should be served in a tall narrow glass to allow the bubbles to rise to the top Step three make sure it's the proper temperature Contrary to popular belief reds should not be room temperature but cellar temperature which is about fifty-five degrees and whites should not be colder than forty-five degrees step four taste every fruit spice and herb you can that way you'll be able to discern the various flavors in the wines you sample step five use your senses As you swirl the wine glass look at the wine's color Notice how it coats the glass sniff its bouquet or scent Try to identify the different aromas now take a sip and feel its texture and weight as it glides over your tongue suck in a bit of air before you swallow to further aerate and appreciate the wine If you're planning to enjoy several wines start with the light dry wines and end with the heaviest sweetest ones step six choose wine that complements the food If you're eating a regional specialty try to pair it with a wine from that area If you're having a meal with a lot of different flavors choose a simpler wine and vice versa when possible add a splash of the wine you're serving with the meal to the dish you'll be eating step seven don't let wine intimidate you you don't need special expertise or expensive vintages to appreciate wine All you need are your taste buds Did you know the world's oldest bottle of wine from about 300 C .E is displayed in a museum in Speyer germany