Going "Sideways" Wine Tasting 101 (part 3)

Tips on how to bluff your way during a wine tasting:

1.When wine is poured into your glass give it some time to breathe before you drink it. In other words don’t drink right away.

2.Hold glass at stem and swirl. Against the light observe the colour and the “legs”. Legs are the tears or tiny streams that cling to the glass.The slower it goes down the richer the wine. If you don’t know what to say study the colour for a few more seconds. Wait.. don’t drink yet.

3.Give the glass a little swirl and now smell the wine by sticking your nose inside the glass. For a novice make comments like nice aroma or bouquet.

4.Now sip but do not swallow right away.Assess how the wine tastes. Pretend to be thinking about the taste…then make comments like it is earthy, fruity, full bodied, etc..

5.Okay…now you can drink🙂

6.If you’ve had too much tasting and feel a little drunk.It is better to spit the wine out.Yes it is okay to spit it out.

7.Wash glass with a little water when tasting several different bottles.

I was able to visit COPIA (The American Center for Wine Food and the Arts) in Napa Valley last weekend.They have tastings, wine seminars, wine and food pairing lessons, a food and wine museum and an edible herb garden. The building also houses Julia’s Kitchen, a restaurant built in  honor of Julia Child. The place showcases her menu and memorabilia.


About Pam

Teacher, cook, foodie, wanderlust
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2 Responses to Going "Sideways" Wine Tasting 101 (part 3)

  1. uberdish says:

    I just added a trip to Napa Valley on my ‘wish list’. I love wine tastings and tours, but have only done a handful here in Canada. Thank you for the lesson!

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