Are you ready for your first wine tasting? Good news, wine enthusiasts. You no longer have to understand vintage years, acidities, or tannin levels to have a great wine tasting experience. The first rule for enjoying yourself with wine is simply to discard all the preconceived rules that you think you must know to truly enjoy a wine tasting experience. Instead, just relax, sit back, and let the wine experts take care of everything.
The most important rule for having a good wine tasting experience is to simply relax. When you step into the wine tasting room, you may feel as though you are doing something very important. You may feel like you are “interviewing” the wine experts. As may feel like you are making small talk. Don’t do anything too insignificant or interesting. Just try to stay away from the conversation and focus on the wine instead.
One of the best ways to do this, especially for the beginner, is to ask questions. Asking questions can help you determine which wineries have the best wine tasting experience for your palate. Of course, it is also a good idea to have an idea of what types of food and drink you are interested in. However, when you ask questions at the wine tasting, you will be able to steer your palate in the direction of the wines that you enjoy most.
Ask as many questions as you can and make sure to take notes. This is the last thing you want to forget. Note down the names of the wineries, the colours and flavours of the wine that you tasted, and even the weather conditions when you attended. This will make it much easier when you go back to their vineyards or the restaurant to order another bottle. This information will come in handy later when you are ready to review your notes.
You want to avoid spitting. While there are wine-tasting events where spit is acceptable, they should not be your only option. Your guests are going to be able to tell if you are holding the wine tasting so you don’t want to make them uncomfortable.
If your palate feels a little overwhelmed, ask the person at the wine tasting table if he has some mints available. Minty scents can help with clearing the palate, although you will want to be aware that not everyone enjoys strong scents. Sips of lemons, limes or tangerines are usually enough to bring a sense of balance to any wine tasting experience.
As you are tasting the wines, pay attention to how each one tastes and remember everything you learn about wine tasting. The wine tasting event organizers want to see which wines work best with which foods and be aware of any flavour combinations that may be important for you. For example, certain fruit flavours can change the flavour of white wine. Pay special attention to the aroma and flavour of the different foods being served as well.
Just remember, you aren’t obligated to follow the rules laid out for you by the event organizer. If you aren’t having an event with an actual objective, then feel free to do what you like. But, remember that if you are bringing your wine tasting kit, be sure you get the correct ingredients in your kit and that you read through all the instructions before you begin. Remember that even professional tasters occasionally make mistakes. You don’t need them to make yours.