SIP Arguably the best part, the moment of swishing the wine around your mouth and letting it glide down your throat. However, much of what we taste comes from what we smell, so be sure to get several good whiffs before the sip.
Now, take a decent sip and swish it around like mouthwash. Purse your lips together while taking in a breath of air to aerate the wine even more. This awakens a wine in your mouth, allows it to open up and show off.
While rolling around in your mouth, consider body and texture. Breathe out through your nose upon swallowing to get the best impression of flavor. Then open your mouth and begin to analyze sweetness, acidity, tannin and alcohol. A good wine will strive for a balance between all factors.
Perhaps if acidity or tannin is too high, the wine could soften and improve with time, so considering variety and vintage is important. We don’t want to write off a wine just because it doesn’t satisfy us here and now. If it tastes bitter or fruitless, however, it’s time to move on to the next bottle.
The most important part of wine tasting is to taste often and explore all kinds of varieties, styles and origins. As with all things, practice makes perfect.