Important things to know before a wine tasting

Things you should keep in mind when tasting a wine


Some preparations:

The wine must be at the right temperature. After the bottle has been uncorked, pour the wine into a special wine glass with a stem and a big, slightly tempered goblet.

Important: The right temperature

  • Light, minor white wines: 10 – 12°C
  • Developed, mature white wines: 11 – 13°C
  • Sweet, special quality wines, like Beerenauslese: up to 14°C
  • The same temperature is recommended for rosé wines and Weissherbst as for white wines.
  • Sparkling wine can be served at 10°C
  • Young, fresh red wines taste best between 16 and 18°C
  • Rich and mature red wines can be also served at 18 – 20°C

Tip: Cool the wine slowly and not quickly. Use your sense of touch and a thermometer.

Wine tasting procedure:

Color testing: Hold the half-filled glass up to the light or a bright background to see if the wine is clear. The wine is either bright in the glass if very young or has a golden gleam if  mature. This also applies to red wines.

Smelling the wine:

Gently swirl the wine to release the aromas. A wine’s bouquet tells you almost everything about its features. It is also important to smell the wine beforehand to identify “strange” or “wrong” flavors in it, which can occur due to a faulty cork, for example.


Tasting the wine:

After the first sip, you should take a gulp of the wine and let it spill through the mouth. Draw in some air and let the swirls shake up and activate your taste buds. Is the wine rich or rather thin, is it weighty or rather elegant? Is the wine full-bodied, strong and hard, or velvety and soft? After swallowing, you should ask yourself if the finish is rather short and insignificant, or long and lasting.

 

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