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Wine Wine Education | 1 June 2018

I know what I can smell & taste, but I can’t describe it

By: Tasso

I hear this a lot when we are tasting wine with friends. Do yourself a favour and get a fruit chart or write descriptors down when you’re tasting wine. It’s a lot easier to recognise something when you can see it on paper rather than thinking about the descriptors in your head. In time you will store the descriptors in your head without having to write them down or look at them.  There are a lot of complexities in wine and a lot flavours to take into consideration in the meantime. At least 80% of taste is smell. And if you want to take things to the next level there are challenges you can set for yourself as a majority of wine appreciation is self taught. You will recognise subconsciously a lot of characteristics in wine but maybe the words aren’t exactly flowing in order to describe the wine. Another approach is to think of fruit characters that you already know and recognise, then think of secondary characters that aren’t primary fruits. Think of level of sweetness, level of acid and dryness, are you sustainable to tannins. You will be surprised what you may be able to recognise if you give it a bit more effort. Some Quick Tips: 1) You will continue to smell a wine once it is still in your mouth. 2) The first sip is not necessarily always reliable. 3) Understand the wine and remember what you tasted if you what to compare with other wines. 4) Keep swirling the wine so you can smell it better. 5) To get the best impact of flavour keep the wine in your mouth a bit longer. 6) You’ll find the better wines are the ones that have a longer finish. 7) A full bodied wine is not always an intense flavoured wine. 8) White wines tend to get darker in colour as they get older. 9) Red wines tend to get lighter as they get older. 10) Don’t look for flavours before you taste wine, taste the wine first and let the flavours come to your senses. Relax, have fun & enjoy!

 

 

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