Wine tasting is something of a unique experience. Each person will experience it in their own way but most don’t taste it at all. Sure, you may experience the taste of something other than water in your mouth, but until you truly taste wine, you are probably missing its true benefit to you. Today, there is a growing demand for wine tasting education.
Is this something that you need? First, learn if you really taste wine the way that you should be. Wine has a unique taste. Because it is such a complex taste, though, most individuals do not take the time necessary to actually taste it fully. This is a sad mistake because the true benefit of wine is in its true flavor. Each wine that you find on the market is unique in its own way.
The sun beats down on each region that produces wine uniquely, from a different strength to a different intensity. The soil in each region is unique, with different minerals, good and bad. What all of this does is create a unique grape, one that is only grown in that region of the world?
Unlike other foods, the simplest of differences in the taste of a grape will make a large difference in the taste of the final product it makes such as wine. Because of the process of making wine is so unique in virtually every region of the world that too contributes to a unique taste.
Still, many individuals find that true wine tasting is not something that is specific to a region, but something that should be done everywhere to really experience what wine is. When you really drink wine so that you can taste it, you can clearly see the benefits that it can offer to you. You can taste the complexity of the flavors that have gone into it.
You can taste the different levels of freshness, of sweet and sour and of each slight difference. In addition, when you taste it properly, you also smell it properly, which is also another experience that wine should offer to you. Take a few minutes to really enjoy the taste and smell of the wine you have. Select a few types of wines and really learn how the flavors meld together. Find out how this wine really is supposed to be tasted. It will completely change the way that you feel about wine.
A bit of history
Throughout centuries of time, people have been taking this vine that seemed to grow in various areas uniquely to other plants and they learned to make from it something quite unique. That is, of course, wine. Today, wine tasting parties and events allow individuals to really experience the options that they have in wines of all types.
Yet, wine tasting is not always about just tasting the types of wine that are used today, but also experiencing the types of wine that come from the past. In effect, when you are tasting wine, you are tasting a bit of history. Why It’s Important Wine has always played a very important role in virtually every facet of our lives. It is there for celebrations and a simple good meal.
It has been there to commemorate special events, as part of our regular diet and even helps to honor long dated customs throughout time. All of this comes from wine. It was part of ceremonies of kings and the meals of the peasants working on the farm.
Wine was actually first cultivated by the Mesopotamians well back into 6000 BC. Probably the most well-known wine makers in time were the Romans and the Greeks. They were the first to really harness it. They were the ones to use wine in religious ceremonies first, as well. Later, during the Dark Ages, wine was made in monasteries by the Christian monks of the time.
They used new methods for refining and fermenting that are in some cases still used today. As time has passed, the methods of making wine have changed as well. With modern machines and even just the advent of the New World, new wines were available readily. Today, there are thousands of types of wines and each offers their own unique flavor and aroma.
Each is worth a taste. It is easy to believe that wine will continue to change and even improve as new methods of making and fermenting it happen. There is little doubt that wine has played a significant role in the history of people. In many cases, wine making has stayed the same, yet it has also changed quite a bit over the years. With so many types of wine to try, give yourself the opportunity to select a wine that has used ancient methods to making it. It is a unique experience and one that will help you to taste a bit of history with your wine.
If you are having a wine tasting party or you will be just having a nice dinner, you want your guests and yourself to be able to truly experience the full flavor of the wine that you have purchased. There is no telling that wines are highly valuable and there is nothing worse than thinking you have the right wine to compliment your dinner only to find out that it does not taste correctly.
That often happens because the wine’s temperature is off. Although you may not realize it, wine should be kept at a specific temperature both when you store it as well as when you serve it. The temperature of the wine when you serve it will bring out different flavors within that bottle of wine. These may or may not be the flavors you want to bring out, though.
For example, if you have a less than perfect bottle of wine, serve it at a cooler temperature as it will hide some of those imperfections. This is a good thing to do for an inexpensive wine or even a wine that hasn’t aged fully yet. If you want to really experience the characteristics of the wine, though, then you’ll want it slightly warmer. This helps to really bring out the true traits that the wine has to offer. This is a great thing to do for wines that are expensive and aged.
Remember this: for every ten minutes of time spent in the refrigerator, the wine will lower in temperature by four degrees Fahrenheit. Also, it will go through the same in warming, about every ten minutes. If you have forgotten to take a wine out to cool, you may want to place it in the freezer for no more than half an hour. What temperature should you serve them at? That depends on the type of wine that you are serving, too.
For sparkling wine, go with a temperature that’s lower, about 42 to 54 degrees F. For rose and white wines, as well as a light sherry, a good temperature is a bit higher at 48 to 58 degrees F. The warmest wines to serve included those that are fortified, dark sherry and red wines. Keep these served at 57 to 68 degrees. Use these tricks for giving your guests a bottle or glass of wine and you will be well on your way to having a very perfect complement to your dinner.
Excerpted from the book Wines And Spirits Inside Out! by Wings Of Success.
This excerpt has been edited and condensed for clarity.