How To Taste Red Wine

1. Look. Tilt the wine 45 degrees against the white background, and watch the place where the glass wall and the wine combine. The older the wine, the lighter the color, and the older the wine, the darker the color. (Purple represents 1-2 years, ruby red 3-8 years, pomegranate red 8-15 years, brick red represents 15 years of age)

2. Shake. Shake the glass counterclockwise to release the aroma of the wine. Look at the speed when the wine flows evenly from the wall of the glass. The thicker the wine, the slower the flow, the higher the alcohol and sugar content.

3. Smell. Pour the wine into the glass gently, smell the most original taste of the wine, then shake the glass to allow the air to fully contact the wine, volatilize the aroma of the wine into the glass, and then smell it. This process can be repeated.

4. Goods. Take a sip and inhale some air to better distinguish the aroma of the wine, and then let the wine fully touch all parts of the mouth just like gargle, so as to fully distinguish the taste of the wine.

Steps to taste red wine

   1. Ready to taste red wine

   Red wine is stored flat, the cork will decompose and produce sawdust after soaking for a long time. Stand upright the day before drinking to allow the wood chips to settle to the bottom of the bottle. Note that the bottom of the red wine bottle bulges toward the middle. This design is not to make the bottle easier to handle, but to allow the wood chips to settle into the groove.

   You can drink red wine with ice, and you can’t put it in an ice bucket like champagne. The most appropriate drinking temperature is 10 to 14 degrees Celsius. In winter in Guangzhou, you can drink it directly; in summer, it is best to put it in the freezer of the refrigerator, take it out one to half an hour before the meal, open the bottle first, and put it aside to sober up slowly while allowing the temperature to rise.

  2. wine tasting

   First look at the fineness of the wine. For proper observation, place the glass in front of the white background and tilt the glass slightly outward. Pay attention to see if there are wood chips or impurities, and observe the color of the wine. Brown, broken; purple-red, the wine is very young; dark red, with brownish yellow outside, good wine.

  3. smell the wine

   Then there is the smell of wine. Cover the mouth of the cup with your nostrils and breathe deeply. High-end red wine smells very "thick", which makes people feel that it is very strong and complex. Because the sensitivity of the nose is far more than that of the tongue, sometimes a glass of wine is tasted slowly for an hour, and the aroma is getting stronger and stronger. Later, people were a little reluctant to drink.

   After smelling it, I felt that the taste was very thick. Then I tasted it, took a shallow bite, and held it in my mouth. Use the tip of my tongue to push the wine around the mouth as much as possible to let all taste cells feel it.

   4. Pour wine

   The bottles of high-end red wine are collected, because some wine labels are simply works of art. In order to avoid the "flowing" wine label, the correct way to pour the wine is to make the front side of the wine label face up. Old wine (more than 8-10 years) must have sawdust at the bottom of the bottle, even if it is three to five years old, some also have sawdust. Therefore, be careful when pouring the wine. In addition to not shaking the bottle, you should leave a little on the shoulder of the bottle at the end of the pouring. It is incorrect to turn the bottle upside down and try to pour the last drop of wine.

   5. Sober up

   After opening the bottle of red wine, depending on the type, quality, and maturity of the wine, let it rest for 15 minutes to 1 hour, and let it "breath" chemically with the air. If you have no patience, you can pour directly into the wine glass (according to international standards, do not exceed one-third of the volume of the glass), or even shake the wine glass to accelerate the chance of contact with the air.

There are two ways to shake a wine glass. One is to pick up the wine glass and shake it inward. This method is to suspend the glass and shake it evenly, which requires a bit of technique; the other method is to use the index finger and middle finger to clamp the foot of the cup, and the whole palm is flat. At the bottom of the cup, press the bottom of the cup on the tabletop and rotate it as if rubbing ink. Do not let the wine spill out of the cup.

   6. wine tasting

   Expensive and good red wine is a work of art. Don't "drink" but "product". Before each tasting, shake the wine glass, take a deep breath through your nose, and then take a sip. Let the wine stay in your mouth for a while before swallowing it.

Note, please wipe your mouth bar clean before drinking, otherwise there will be lip marks on the cup. Do not drink wine in one sip. In addition, drink red wine should not add sprite or lemon, which will spoil the original taste of red wine. Shaking the wine cup glass by glass is not the way to drink red wine.