Knowing how to taste wine as good as a professional wine taster can be easy. Good Morning Divas will give you helpful tips to guide and teach you how to taste wine, how to evaluate wine and how to remove all hints of oenophobia (fear of wines)!
Wine has been tasted for thousands of years and people have been earning money as wine tasters for more than 100 years. What do wine tasters know that you don’t? After reading this page when it comes to tasting wine and understanding how to evaluate a wine for its qualities you’ll know much more.
Of course, they will have a greater understanding of wine and its history. The grape, the appellation the wine came from, as well as the chemistry behind things, but knowing those types of interesting information is not going to make you a better taster. Reading this page, and tasting wine repeatedly are going to turn you into a better taster.
The Difference in Wine Skill Sets
First, let’s get rid of any fear you might have about wine tasting. Wine is simply a true beverage of pleasure, which is certainly nothing to be afraid of. Remember, wine tasting, wine drinking, and evaluating wine are all 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. I hope that you will 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:
Understand that there is no right or wrong in your taste. You are always going to like what you like because you like it. Do not pay attention to workers at the wine store with the fancy vocabulary. People who work in wine stores tastes a lot more wine than you do, but won’t be able to decide what wine is best for your palate, only you can do that.
Don’t Overcomplicate the Wine
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. Take a look at how wines are rated and scored when compared to other wines in the same peer group:
How you can rate a wine
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 other 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 will see how easy it is to be a good wine taster.
No One Needs to Tell You What to Drink
The worst part of being told what’s proper, what’s required, what your parents did, what your parents would never do, what may offend two- thirds of your guests and what you’re expected to drink.
There’s an undeniable romance and tradition to toasting a couple with a Champagne flute, but you’re in charge and if standard sparkling wine’s not your bag, your wedding won’t be worse for it. If you’d like something a little sweeter, look into Moscato d’Asti; if you want something wild, taste your way through inky, sparkling Shiraz. It’s as good a way as any to wish someone well.