How to Taste Wine

Edited by Shivangi Srivastava

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When it comes to sensory evaluation of wine, nothing beats the way it feels within your mouth. Maybe, that’s why even when you have seen the wine or smelled the wine, it could bamboozle you with a different taste altogether. While it is easy for anyone to say that drinking wine and enjoying it is easy, it is far away from actually assessing it. To understand the intricacies involved in tasting we need to first find out how taste is defined.

What is taste?

Taste is a combination of aroma, body, texture and flavour of the wine, which we all experience while drinking it. It is the same for the food as we experience the food with all these sensory levels too. Although we know the words which are written here, many us do not fully understand the meaning in relation to the wine. It is time for us to dive deeper into the subject and understand taste and its element individually.

Body

To understand the body of a wine is to relate to the same experiment with glass of water, lemon juice and mango juice. The body of wine is not in any sort of relation to the quality of the wine, intensity or the flavour or finish of the wine. So it becomes imperative that you understand the body element while avoiding these factors get the better of your judgement.

Texture

Texture or mouthfeel of the wine is simply referred to the impression which a wine leaves behind when you put it in your mouth. This is very closely related to the body of the wine and somewhat confuses many to understand. Drinking quickly will never allow you to understand it and hence the reason why you see many people swirling it their mouths to feel the wine. This is often described in conjunction to fabrics such as smooth as silk or soft as flannel and many more.

Flavour

When we talk about flavours, the basic four are the sweet, bitter, sour and salty. It has been an ongoing debate amongst the science world if they are enough to cover all the experiences which we feel with different edible products. And, this is the reason why flavour is probably more complex than the body or the texture of wine to understand. Sometimes it becomes hard to assess the wine as the flavours play a deceitful role in portraying the wine and hence the basic taste notes are not enough to classify the wine.

Aromas

They closely follow the flavour profile and based on the basic taste notes of the human anatomy. Please note that do not confuse with the aromas you smell for the wine as these aromas are ones which you breathe in while drinking the wine.

I hope this article has helped you understand the building blocks of tasting the wine and would help you understand the wine a little bit better than what you did yesterday. As I always points to the fact wine is a complex drink to understand and requires patience and practice to master it. With the help of all the masters of wine and their articles and blogs, it is my sincere effort to bring you closer to wine.

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