A simple beginner’s guide to the phases of wine tasting

Over the last decades wines have become synonym with elegant lifestyle, and many wine connoisseurs and sommeliers have risen to become world famous experts bursting out of the wine business into mainstream media and social media giving advice, precious information and of course teaching how to appreciate wine at its best.

For those interested in starting a journey in wine tasting here are a few steps we recommend as the main phases of the process.

Look at the wine while it is poured in the glass, bring it up to your eyes holding the glass by the stem, so to evaluate transparency and clarity. Should it be a bubbly wine, now is the moment to observe how bubble shapes, quantity and how they distinctively find their space in the glass.

Set the glass down, on a white surface, and review the intensity, the tone and the color.

Pick the glass up again and bring to your eyes once more and start rotating it so to wet the sides of the glass, where a liquid veil will form subtle arches or teardrops which will help you understand fluidity and alcohol level.

Bring the glass up towards your nose and with the wine now still breath intensively, distancing the glass every now and then so you don’t get too accustomed to the fumes.

Rotate the glass to from a funnel to set the wine fumes free and then bring it back to your nose before pouring a small amount in your mouth, possibly no more than 10ml.

Push the wine to the front part of your mouth, breathing in through your teeth a small amount of air, to make the wine particles volatile.

Use your tongue to move the wine and breath out to assess and appreciate the various wine components and their balance.

After having tasted the wine, breath out again so to push to your olfactory senses the flavours that will appear due to your mouth’s temperature.

Finally, breath again and chew with an empty mouth to evaluate consistency.

There you go: start practicing