Wine Tasting Tips
Wine Tasting AtmosphereThe surrounding atmosphere can affect your wine tasting. If there is a strong scent, for example of perfume or food, it can affect the way you react to an aroma. A noisy or crowded room can also have a negative effect on a wine tasting. Here you are more likely to be distracted from the wine in your glass. If your wine tasting atmosphere isn’t your cup of tea (or glass of wine), simply try moving to a more neutral environment. The atmosphere may be more favourable on the other side of the room, or a different room altogether. The tasting staff at the wineries during your Niagara Vintage Wine Tour will be able to advise you of the most neutral atmosphere available.
Before You TasteSmelling the nose of the bottle after you open it is an effective way to detect any chemical imperfections, or if it was improperly bottled – all before it hits your glass. If it is spoiled, it may smell stale or rotten. If your wine passes the aroma test, pour it into a clean wine glass about ¼ of the way full. Allow it to sit and breathe for a moment before you taste, to ensure it has had ideal exposure to the air. If the wine smells foul, appears brown, musty or murky, or has particles floating around in it, that is a sign that the wine is probably spoiled and should be disposed of immediately. The Wine Smart Guides at Niagara Vintage Wine Tours are specialists when it comes to proper wine tasting, you can rest assured you are in the best hands. A handy tasting guide is included with all tours and is a great resource and tool that can be used at home.
Tasting TipsThere are three main factors to pay attention to when you taste wine: look, smell and taste.
LookThere are many clues about the wine that are hidden in the appearance. You can gain information about the wine from its: