portrait of a couple tasting wineDiscovering the differences among wines or recognizing a wine by its flavor, its aroma or its complexity are some of the abilities developed when wine tasting is periodically practiced. It is not necessary to be a great sommelier to know the world of wine in depth. What is important is to develop the necessary skills, to enjoy each glass of wine and to have a sense of smell and palate open to the sensations that the wine will transmit. Shall we get started?

1st stage: “Discovering the color”

This is the first step to know a wine in depth. Right after serving the wine in the glass and against a white background, which may be a napkin or tablecloth, we will observe the color hidden “beyond” what is obvious. First we will look at the brightness: a wine in good condition will be bright and “clean”, while a defective wine will look opaque or turbid. Then we will look at the color notes: if it is a red wine, is it brick red? Cherry? Coffee black? If it is white wine, is it almost yellow, white or is it greenish? These nuances will help us to perceive the “strength of the wine”: a red wine with darker shades tends to have a stronger flavor, while the more viscous white wines are sweeter.

2nd stage: “The depth of the aroma”

In order to go deeper into the true aroma of wine, we need to move the glass for about 10 seconds so that the alcohol evaporates and the natural aromas have a greater presence. Smell the glass as a first contact, not too close. What does it remind you of? Does it smell like chocolate, tobacco or wood?

Try to get closer and introduce the tip of your nose in the glass. Do you confirm the first aromas? Enjoy the sensation and try to get closer to the nuances through it. If you discover the smell of a fruit, would you be able to say what fruit it is?

Don’t worry if in your first tastings this step is difficult for you, you will get better in time. Remember that a wine’s quality is also defined by its aroma: the more persistent in the nose, the better its quality.

3rd stage: “The revelation of flavor”

The best moment has arrived: taste the wine! Move it inside your mouth, almost as if you were going to chew it. In this process the wine will reveal its entire flavor in three phases. The first impression will tell you about the sensation of the wine: its sweetness, acidity and aromatic content. In the ideal wine all these sensations go together and there is no predominant sensation.

In the second phase, the wine will get warm in your mouth, and the aftertaste or bouquet will reveal the most intense aromas.

In the final phase, when you swallow the wine, we will discover how long its flavor takes to dissipate, and its lightness. There are also retronasal aromas that may reveal in this phase.

Anyhow, no matter the level of your wine-tasting skills, the most important part is to enjoy the wine and the sensations, aromas and flavors that we discover during this process.

From Vistalba we remind you that when you share a wine tasting the wine tastes better. This is why we invite you to enjoy our visits including wine tastings. An opportunity to discover with us the secrets of our work and our wines, in a perfect setting.