Exploring Wine Regions
Learn The Regions
Wine making goes back almost to the beginning of time. Wine is made in practically every country in the world. Countries and regions that are known for a long history of wine production are often referred to as New or Old World. Places like the Mediterranean and Europe, France, Germany and
Italy. These regions focus on goût de terroir or terroir. The unique characteristics of the climate and soil give the wines their unique flavours. As the name suggests ‘New World” is used to describe the newer wine producing regions like Chile, Australia and the united Stated of America. “The New World” have hotter climates and also use different methods of labelling. They use grapes rather than regions on their labels for recognition. it’s helpful to know some of the major wine regions and the grapes they are best known for While learning how to choose wine.
How to taste wine
Good Tasting Conditions
To begin be mindful that the circumstances surrounding your wine tasting experience might affect your impressions of the wine. It might seem strange but crowded and noisy surround will affect your concentration making your tasting session difficult. The smell of perfume, food, smoke etc. can destroy your ability to get a clear sense of a wine’s aromas. Using the wrong glass, one that’s too small can also affect the flavour of the wine.
Simple Things Affect Taste
The temperature of the wine, the age and the residual taste from whatever you were eating or drinking will also have an impact on your impression. You want to neutralize the tasting conditions as much as possible, so the wine has a fair chance to stand on its own. If a wine is served too cold, warm it with your hands by cupping the bowl. If a glass seems musty, give it a quick rinse with wine, not water, swirling it around to cover all the sides of the bowl. This is called conditioning the glass. Finally, if there are strong aromas nearby—especially perfume—walk as far away from them as you can and try to find some neutral air.
Evaluating by Sight
Once your tasting conditions are as close to neutral as possible, your next step is to examine the wine in your glass. It should be about one third full. follow these steps to visually evaluate the wine.
Straight Angle View
First, look straight down into the glass, then hold the glass to the light, and finally, give it a tilt, so the wine rolls toward its edges. This will allow you to see the wine’s complete color range, not just the dark center. Looking down, you get a sense of the depth of color, which gives a clue to the density and saturation of the wine. You will also learn to identify certain grapes by color and scent. A deeply-saturated, purple-black color might well be Syrah or Zinfandel, while a lighter, pale brick shade would suggest Pinot Noir or Sangiovese.
Viewing the wine through the side of the glass held in light shows you the clarity. A murky wine might be a wine with chemical or fermentation problems, it might also just be a wine that was unfiltered or has some sediment due to be shaken up before being poured. A clear brilliant looking wine that shows some sparkle, is always a good sign.
Tilting the glass so the wine thins out toward the rim will provide clues to the wine’s age and weight. If the color looks quite pale and watery near its edge, it suggests a rather thin, possibly insipid wine. If the color looks tawny or brown (for a white wine) or orange or rusty brick (for a red wine) it is either an older wine or a wine that has been oxidized and should be discarded.
Finally, give the glass a good swirl. You can swirl it’s easy to this by keeping it firmly on a flat surface; freestyle swirling is not recommended for beginners, try it and you’ll more than likely figure out why.
Look for the legs. “legs” or “tears” that run down the sides of the glass. Wines that have good legs are wines with more alcohol and glycerin content, which generally indicates that they are bigger, riper, more mouth-filling and dense than those that do not.