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the Four S’s of Wine TastinG!
You are about to learn how experts evaluate their glasses of wine.
I will take you through the entire process, step by step, and break everything down.
Once you learn these easy steps, they take 30 seconds and add tons of pleasure to every glass you drink from this point forward.
Stick around until the end to hear the best way to apply these steps.
This application is key to getting the best out of every glass you enjoy!
Get your glass ready. Maybe an ounce or so of wine to start.
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Lighter colors mean lighter body and flavor, while darker colors yield deeper, richer notes.
Is it pale yellow like an Oregon Pinot Gris or deep ruby like a California merlot?
Tilt the glass and hold the wine towards whatever light you have.
Start swirling slowly to see how much room you have in there so you don’t spill!
Get a decent but controlled whirl going to get as much oxygen on the wine, releasing all the aromas.
Stop swirling and tilt the glass towards you.
Take a small amount in your mouth and get it all the corners tongue.
This ensures you’ll discover all the flavors the wine has to offer.
Make sure while you sip, you are also breathing through your nose.
Smell and taste, we all know, are connected, and you don’t want to miss out on any sneaky flavors hiding in your wine
The best S of all the S’s.
Number three is SIP.
If you have a white background or white or light paper, hold the glass to it to observe the colors more closely.
Carefully place your fingers between the stem, palm down to the base of the glass.
For example, you’ll usually find yellow apple notes, vanilla, and baking spices in a California Chardonnay.
Or like a Mendocino county Zinfandel, I get notes of strawberry, orange, and tobacco.
From bottom to top, take the glass up and down, breathe in through the nose, and look for fruit and non-fruit notes.
Finally, Four is to SIZE UP the wine. After every first sip, I ask myself these four questions:
Did you like it?
Would you drink it again?
What was your favorite/ least favorite aspect of the wine?
Will you remember this wine in a year?