The world of wine encompasses a lot of things other than just drinking wine. One of things that is great to know is how to taste the wine of your choice properly. This is a goal that when you start to drink wine, it should be a task that advances throughout your whole life.
The first thing that I think that you should learn when it comes to tasting wine properly is how to deal with the wines aromas and the wines bouquet. The wine bouquet is the total smell of all the wine aromas. There are three different types of wine aromas that your drink will have coming from it.
- The primary aroma (these smells come from the type of grapes that are used in the wine)
- Secondary aromas (these smells come from the wine when they go through the process of pre-fermentation and fermentation)
- Tertiary aromas (these smells come from the post-fermentation process, such as a oak barrel used to age the wine properly)
When you find these three different type of aromas you will find that the wine bouquet can be affected by all sort of things such as mushrooms, cedar, and dark chocolate. When you are drinking a glass of wine you first want to try to find out the wine bouquet to the best of your knowledge to help you enjoy the wine more fully.
There are a number of different ways to do bring out the wine bouquet, the first way that most people do it is to what most people call swirling the wine. Using the right glass also helps with this as well. You also want to make sure that you do not pour over the wine and be sure that you swirl on the table, first before you move it to your hand. As most people tend to spill the first couple of times that they swirl before they get used to it.
When you are smelling a wine aroma, a great way to learn to about which type of aroma is which is to use the wine circle that UC Davis has come up with. It also helps to know what a younger and older wine smells like a get to know the differences among each of them and become familiar with them.
Other things will also affect the wine bouquet and wine aroma such as oxidation and corked wine. If you are looking for a few good ways to learn about and develop your knowledge about wine aromas and wine bouquets, other than of course trying the wine.
You should visit websites such as:
- The Wine Tastings Guide
- Wine Vibe
I am sure that you can enjoy wine without knowing about the proper aroma or how the bouquet of the wine will affect the taste; however, you will find that your wine tasting experience will become a thing of beauty if you learn to develop these and put them into your wine tasting palate. Enjoy you wine and please drink safe.