A Beginners Guide to wine appreciation

December 14, 2020

Good Wine

Often times you will hear the saying “any wine you like is a good wine”. This is true if you’re just about having a drink to feel good or fit in with the crowd. If that is your goal. You don’t have to do more than take a sip, give it a swallow and tell yourself it’s a good wine.


What you Like

The main in appreciating wine is figuring out what you like. When you can do this you’re well on your way. We all have preferences and different taste, therefore what seems good to you might be crap to me, vice versa. Knowing what you like is an important component of wine tasting, but it’s not the only component. Quickly passing judgment about a wine is not the same as truly understanding and evaluating it. Your goal is to be able to identify the main components of scent and flavour in every wine you try. It’s important to get to know the basic characteristics for the most important varieties of grapes. Also get to know the best wine producing regions and the quality they produce.


You will become a critic

Truth is, there are some truly bad wines on the market, and by bad I don’t mean cheap, they’re some up-market, expensive wines that taste like crap, while on the other hand they’re some really inexpensive ones that are pretty darn good. Some wines are flawed, this is the result of really bad winemaking, while others are caused by bad corks or poor storage. When ordering a bottle of wine in a restaurant you want to be certain that the wine you receive tastes the way it was intended to taste.


Corked Wine

Corked Wine! not what it sounds like... The restaurant staff might not always notice and replace a wine that is corked. (Wine that has become contaminated with cork taint). Seeing that you will be the one being asked to approve the bottle it would be absolutely important that you will be able to sniff out any faults, such as a damp, musty smell from a tainted cork. Plus, you really seem impressive when you can confidently ask the waiter to change the bottle. So go out and get yourself an expensive bottle of wine and a cheap bottle, compare the two and take notes until my next blog.


Let’s start tasting wine

December 19, 2020

Your Palate

We want to separate the textures and aromas that encompass the complexities of the wine, therefore: the nose will play a pivotal part of this unique experience. Try holding your nose while you swallow a mouthful of wine; you will realise that the flavour is lost. To get results from the palate we need the nose, the nose is the direct path. You need to learn how to sniff the wine. Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff you will then start to develop the ability to isolate flavours, and to notice the way they unfold and interact.


Your Own Method

There actually is no one right or wrong way to learn how to taste: however, some rules do apply. You need to be methodical and focused. Find your own method and develop it. if you’re really serious about becoming a connoisseur or just want to be knowledgeable about wine, a certain amount of dedication will be required. Whenever you have a glass of wine in your hand, make it a habit to take a minute to stop all conversation, shut out all distraction and focus your attention on the wine’s appearance, scents, flavors and finish. Make a mental checklist that will help you plot out the compass points of your palate.

It’s important to know the wine types and varieties, from Zinfandel and merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Exploring Wine Regions

December 21,2020

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.


Side View

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.


Tilted View

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.