This is a video sharing some of the basic steps you will follow when you want to learn how to taste wine properly. It is from “The Art of Manliness”, and the creator also owns a wine shop in Dallas. Some of our wine videos and articles go quite a bit in depth, this one has the most basic steps… so no wine snobbery here!  ~Nick

This is a video sharing some of the basic steps you will follow when you want to learn how to taste wine properly. It is from “The Art of Manliness”, and the creator also owns a wine shop in Dallas. Some of our wine videos and articles go quite a bit in depth, this one has the most basic steps… so no wine snobbery here!  ~Nick  

Learn How to Taste Wine Properly

Gerald Morgan Jr, Sommelier at Simplified Wine shows you how to order taste wine so you don’t look like an idiot. http://simplifiedwine.com

Hey guys, my name is Gerald Morgan. I’m, a sommelier and owner of a fine wine shop here in Dallas, Texas and real men drink wine all right. So whenever you go out to have dinner and you’re going to have some wine, you may not go through the entire tasting process, but let’s say that you’re, going to a wine tasting event where you’re going to get a smaller pour of wine and you’re going to be able to taste through a number of wines.

I’m going to take you through wine tasting 101 so you can learn how to taste wine properly. The things that you will do when you taste wine… the first thing is you actually just want to look at the glass and see what color the wine is.

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It’s going to tell you a little bit about the wine, like where it’s from potentially… if it’s got kind of a darker kind of hue around the edge of the glass that will tell you a couple of things: it may be a little oxidized, so it’s got some oxygen in it. It could be an older wine, but most of the time that’s indicative of the old-world style of wine. If you got this real bright kind of ruby color coming at you that’s probably going to be a new world style wine.

Obviously, not everyone fits into that category, but if you’re trying to decide what kind of wine it is without even tasting it or smelling it or anything else that’s the first step for you.

Don’t get too deep into the woods on this stuff. But again it’s, going to tell you a little bit about the style of wine that you have in front of you. The big thing that you do want to do is take a look at the wine and swirl it. We’re going to talk about some legs on a wine. Basically, you see where the teardrops start to develop on the wine glass and how long it takes them to do that.

It’s, going to tell you a little bit about the consistency. The thickness may be the viscosity of the wine and also a little bit about the alcohol content, but not too much. So you’re not reading a whole lot into that. You can have a great wine with horrible legs, meaning it’s really runny, or you can have a glass of wine that’s really really bad that has great legs that are long and there’s not a lot of teardrops forming there.

Time to Give it a Sniff!

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The next thing that you want to do as we learn how to taste wine properly is smell the wine. This is one of the most important steps, again, 90 % of what you taste is what you smell. So let’s make sure we commit to this right. Put your nose all the way down into the glass right where this glass is focusing. The aroma is right there at the tip of my finger, so I want to smell the wine and commit to the smell.

Actually, this is a great glass for just about every kind of red wine, and we talked about that in our accessories video, but really when we swirl the wine in this glass we got plenty of room to swirl. If you’re uncomfortable with swirling, put it down on the table with it front of you and just kind of learn how to swirl it. You’re just breaking the surface tension of the wine and getting oxygen down into it so it can release the bouquet and all the aromas that you’re going to smell.

Sommeliers can actually tell you what kind of wine you have in front of you just by smelling it. It’s a really, really easy process to go through. If you take the time to go through the steps but if you’re just going out to have a good time it’s very important to release all of that aroma so that when you taste the wine you’re getting all that it has to offer.

You can also decant a bottle of wine before you put it into the glass, that’s something that a lot of people do for wines that are a little bit more bold and rich in flavor and style of wines that are a little older.

I would highly recommend decanting all of your wines, even the white wines that you have. Let them sit out for just a little bit. You can use the venturi. You can use the nuance aerator, you can use an actual decanter, whatever you would like to use whatever you have. We’ve got a lot of stuff on our website that you can grab, feel free to shop that and get some of those items. But it really lets the wine open up a little bit and release all of that aroma.

Now that you’ve swirled the wine a little bit you’re kind of releasing the aroma. The next thing that we’re going to do is taste. Now that’s a pretty self-explanatory process, I don’t have to draw you a map or anything, but when you taste the wine, I want you to do something a little bit different.

Just a little bit of a sip to kind of get in enough wine on your palate to where it’s gonna coat just about everything, so not a full mouth, but a little bit to move around because you’re going to taste different aspects and components. You’re going to get a lot of the fruit down the middle of your tongue in the middle of your palate when you learn how to taste wine properly.

And then you’re going to sense a lot of that tannic, that bitter kind of thing that takes away the water in your mouth a little bit and it kind of makes you lick your gums in your cheeks. So a lot of the different components of the wine are going to be expressed differently on different parts of your palate. You want to get all of that on the first sip. Now that’s not normally how you’re going to drink a glass of wine so just do that with a little bit at the beginning.

Take a quick, sip swirl it around your mouth, take it down and then take your normal gulps, sips, drinks, whatever you happen to like after that and enjoy the rest of the glass of wine. Now that’s going to tell you just about everything about the wine in a really easy way to see what the wine is all about. See, it’s not too tough to learn how to taste wine properly, is it?

Pinot Noir can taste very different from two different places. So when you go through this tasting process, you can actually determine where this Pinot Noir is from without ever really having to take a sip. We probably got a Burgundian style of Pinot Noir. It’s going to be thinner. It’s probably going to have a lot of cherry to it. It may even have some earthiness, some of those tones that a lot of people like.

So there are lot of things that you can tell about a wine just by going through that tasting process. If you like to learn more about it how to learn how to taste wine properly, dig into it, do it as much as you want, but if you just want to have a good glass of wine, swirling is the key and then take your first sip! Thanks for checking out the video we’ve got a lot more wine videos on Art of Manliness, so make sure you check all of those out.

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