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Wine Tasting Order
Whether you’re out at the wine shop, at a wine tasting party, or just have multiple bottles open at a gathering, the order that wines are tasted in can have a big impact on flavor. There are so many wines though, how does one go about determining which order to try them in?
In general the rules are as follows:
White before Red – This is important not only for the flavor of the wine, but also could offend your host in some cultures.
Dry before Sweet – The sweetness will cause the drier wine to become to acidic.
Light Body before Heavy Body – It’s harder to taste a Pinot Noir after a big Cabernet.
Anything before Fortified - Fortified wines have high alcohol contents, and can burn out both the sense of smell and the palette.
Sparkling First but after White / Red, Dry / Sweet – Generally speaking, this is the case, but it is dependent on color and sweetness.
Young before Old – Age before beauty isn’t always the case with wine. In deep tastings, with a lot of bottles, nuances of old wines may be lost, but in general, go young before old.
[12/05/13] Almost all wine grapes produce clear juice. Red wines get their color from the skins, which are included in the mix when a red wine is fermented. White wines usually are fermented only from juice, so they are much lighter in color. Pink wines typically are made from starting a fermentation with red wine juice and skins, then removing the partially fermented wines from the skins after a short period.
[11/29/13] Traditionally, wine was never stored standing up. Keeping the wine on its side kept the wine in contact with the cork, thereby preventing the cork from drying, shrinking, and letting in air. The dried cork enables bacteria to grow, spoiling the wine. However, wine can be stored vertically if the bottle has an artificial cork. Twist off cap bottles can also be stored vertically.
[11/21/13] Wine testers swirl their glass to encourage the wine to release all of its powerful aromas. Most don’t fill the glass more than a third full in order to allow aromas to collect and to not spill it during a swirl. Most wine is served in a glass that has a gently curved rim at the top to help contain the aromas in the glass. Sniff the wine first without swirling it, swirl it, then sniff again. You should notice a big difference in the aroma.
[11/20/13] Did you know: In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health.” “Toasting” started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes or excessive acidity
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