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Wine Tasting Tips That Will Make You The Talk Of The Table
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Wine Tasting Tips That Will Make You The Talk Of The Table

Have you ever used the expression, “eye-candy” while admiring something, or someone? Have you ever falling in love at first glance? We sure have. Yet, if you’re like us, you’ve also discovered that what you see isn’t always what you get. That’s why it we recommend these simple, yet shrewd steps to discovering if that wine in your hand is a match made in heaven, or is its beauty only grape skin deep.

Does the look turn you on?
After you pour your glass of wine take a moment to set your gaze upon color. Hold it up to a white background, if you can’t get a good read on its color. Though the look won’t reveal everything, it does divulge a lot.

Let’s start with white wine.
Sometimes “white” really means “yellow”. If it’s light, and bright, an almost translucent yellow, it didn’t mingle for long with the grape skins. This is not at all a bad thing, just lets you know that the taste of the wine will most likely be crisp, lively and refreshing. On the contrary, is the wine’s a deeper, darker yellow, that usually means it was aged in an oak barrel, and will deliver a smoother, richer, fuller taste.

Now for red wine:
When it comes to wine, the laws of attraction are pretty universal. If it’s a light red wine, even potentially pinkish, it will most notably taste light, bright, and possibly a little tart. This lighter side of red, most likely means it wasn’t aged in oak. If the red wine has a deeper, darker shade, like burgundy, purple, or midnight, you can count on it to be bolder, richer, and full-bodied, and this is a tell tale sign that it’s been aged in an oak barrel, making it taste very mellow. These richer reds are the ideal match for carnivore lovers. That’s pretty much the color wheel for wines. Next up we swirl, sniff, sip, and savor.

The swirl.
Swirling your glass of wine helps you realize its true color, shows off it’s legs, and body, and introduces air to the wine, which releases complex aromas and reveals its true full flavors, actually making it taste even better. You can swirl your glass of wine by the stem, or by gently twirling it in circles on the table top. As an interesting factoid, never swirl bubbly wines, including champagnes, because of the bubbles.  

The sniff.
When it’s time to taste the wine, your nose is very knowing. So after you’ve swirled your wine glass, give it a good sniff. What fruits, flowers, herbs and spices did you smell? Some will be obvious, some subtle. Interesting to note, many wine lovers also like to sniff their wine before and after they swirl it , so they can experience just how much more of aroma is released by the swirl .

Now sip & savor.
Take the time to really taste the wine. Roll it ‘round with your mouth and tongue. Is it light and fruity, sweet or spicy? Is it rich and bold, heavy or dry? Maybe somewhere in between? What matters most is if your senses are excited and pleased by the taste the wine left behind. If so, it will be a beautiful relationship.

When you’re all done with your look, swirl, sniff, sip and savor of your Ménage à Trois wine , it’s always fun to go back and look at the tasting notes of your wine, and discover just how close your senses were to being correct.

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