Wine tasting can be a very difficult practice. There are some procedures to follow when tasting wine. You should make sure you have a bottle of clean drinkable water on the table when tasting wine. Water is essential for rinsing your mouth before advancing to the next wine category. This article will guide you on the major steps to follow when wine tasting.
Decanting is the process of allowing your wine to breathe before consuming it. Most people prefer the decanting process before serving wine. Some individuals allow their wine to breathe for few hours before drinking it. Decanting is when you drain your wine from its original container into a different one and enabling it to breathe for a while before consuming it.
The newer wine bottles respond positively to aeration than the older bottles. A large number of people claim that aeration allows the wine sediments to settle down relaxing the wine, hence making its taste smoother. You need to understand that not all wines follow this procedure. Preparation of some wines is done for immediate drinking after removing the bottle cork.
3. Blind Tasting
One of the best ways to taste wine samples is by blindfolding the wine taster. The tasters do not know what they have. The main reasons why the wine taster is blindfolded are:
• To prevent the taster from knowing the color of the wine
• To stop the taster from seeing the shape of the wine bottle
• To prevent the tasters from seeing the wine label
By preventing the above reasons, you will not alter the judgment of the tasters. Some of the reasons that can alter judgment include price, wine producers, color, and reputation. To avoid the perception, we blindfold the wine taster.
4. Vertical Tasting
A vertical tasting is whereby we serve the wine taster with the same variety of wine from the same vintage. We serve the same wine but from different years for tasting. This kind of tasting is essential in knowing a particular winery style and composition. Also due to various weather conditions across the year, the wine taster can understand the effect of weather on the grapes that make the wine.
5. Horizontal Tasting
A horizontal tasting is whereby we serve the tasters with the same wine from a variety of producers. By doing so, the wine taster can identify the difference in winemaking for different wine producers. The wine served during a horizontal tasting is from the same year and type. Note the only difference is the wineries.
6. Old world/New world Tasting
The Old World versus New World tasting is whereby we present wine from different countries known for wine production for tasting. Most people prefer this kind of tasting. The old worlds include countries like Italy, France, Austria, and Spain. The new world countries include North and South America, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. When doing a new world/old world tasting, the wine taster can employ either horizontal or vertical tasting. The quality of the wine from different countries can be determined precisely.