It’s never easy learning how to taste wine but it’s only because we don’t try hard enough to learn it because it intimidates us. The first time I tried to learn wine-tasting, I thought that maybe this is really just for the snobby elite whose palates are used to everything rich and fine.
But really, wine-tasting is the best part of actually enjoying the wine. The thing is, developing an experienced taste for wine also labels you as some kind of snob, which is quite common among wine enthusiasts and those immersed in the wine culture in general. However, nothing can be further from the truth.
First of all, start with a clean mouth and make sure that you’re well hydrated. Don’t brush your teeth immediately before tasting wine as it will be harder to taste and it will actually increase your teeth’s chances of being stained. It all actually boils down to four steps: smell, taste, swallow/spit and think. What you smell should be what you taste and what you taste shouldn’t be the booze but the flavor profile of the wine, which could be fruity, acidic, sweet or dry.
As for the spitting part, you only need to learn this if you have to attend about 20 wine tastings and have to drive yourself to the wineries and back home. The last thing you want is to get drunk from all the sips you’re going to take.
If you want to learn more about tasting wine properly, check out this video:
How To Taste Wine (Sans Snobbery) (youtube.com)