Red wines are the most luxurious wines you can find. Not based on the price but also on the quality, taste, and even overall ambiance of the wine.
Red wine is also the most popular choice when it comes to wines. It has so many different variations, flavor profiles, and blends so that you can always find your favorite.
The production of wine has been perfected over years of trial and error.
With so many types of red wine out there, you could feel a little intimidated while sitting down in front of a red wine flight.
Here are a few tips you can use to truly experience the red wine you’re drinking. As there are many types of red wines out there, it’s not always easy to find one that suits your palette right away. It will be a little easier when you use these tips.
Read The Label
Don’t just read the front and skip the back.
Even when you’re new to the world of wine, you can still glean a lot of information by taking a good, hard look at the label. Find the source of the wine, the vineyard where it was made.
Wines made in colder climates tend to have lighter bodies. Wines that were made in warmer climates, on the other hand, will be riper and full-bodied. They’ll have a more intense flavor.
Although these rules are not set in stone and there will always be exceptions, it’s still a good place to start.
Make sure you pick the right glass before you pour the wine.
Red wine glasses are different from white wine glasses. They usually have bowls that are large and rounded.
When you’re drinking a lighter red wine, however, pick a glass that’s shorter. This will get your nose closer to the wine, giving you a more intimate sensory experience.
Bolder reds should be drunk out of taller glasses with more room for the strong aromas to move around.
Don't Just Pour It, Swirl It
Pour a small amount of wine into your wine glass, after it has been left to aerate for a while.
Note the texture and body of the wine while you’re pouring it. Look whether it’s a more viscous liquid or if it has a slightly thicker build. Is it coating the sides of the wine glass when you pour it?
After you’ve poured it, swirl it gently and look at the body of the wine.
Opaque wines are usually made in warmer regions and are only left to age for a few years. If your wine leaves ‘legs’ on the wine glass while you’re swirling it, this indicates its level of sweetness and alcohol content.
Breathe It In
All wines have special aromas to them.
Take a sniff to study the underlying notes of the wine. You’ll obviously be able to get the main smell, which is most probably fruit-based.
Try to identify more fruits than just grapes.
• Do you smell strawberries?
• Currants maybe?
• What type of smell is it?
• Sweet or intense?
Next, you’ll also be able to find the flavors which were added during the process of winemaking.
These can be:
It’s okay if you can’t find these notes right away, finding the underlying scents is a skill that takes practice.
Now you can take a sip and savor the taste of the wine.
Don’t just swallow. Swirl it around in your mouth.
Finally, swallow and analyze the aftertaste.
Red wines are characterized to have a strong aftertaste that lingers on your tongue for some time.
Make sure you pair your red wine with some good food and enjoy.
Thanks for reading,
Clint Ayesh c.s.w.
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