Wine tasting sounds fancy, but it is actually easier than you may think. There are so many subtle aspects to the scents and the flavors inherent to wine that knowing about how to look out for these aspects can help you purchase wine, recommend it, or even simply help you impress people at parties. Here at Rockville Centre Wine & Spirits we can teach you how with a wine testing in Baldwin. With some wine tasting tips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a wine connoisseur.
The art of wine tasting requires more than just your sense of taste. You will have to utilize your senses of sight and smell, first. With our help here at Rockville Centre Wine & Spirits and a wine tasting in Baldwin, you will understand exactly what a proper wine tasting entails. First you will need to pour the wine to be tasted into the appropriate glass. Next, you will tilt the glass away from you so that you can get a better look at its color. You will want to pay attention to the color from the rim to the middle of the volume of wine in your glass. Aside from noticing whether the wine is red or white, look for hints of other shades and tones. Does the red have hints of purple, garnet, brown, or deep reds? Does the white have a hint of yellow, green, amber or gold? Also, is the wine opaque or clear? From there you will move onto smell. Swirl the wine in your glass for about ten seconds, as this will unlock its aromas. Sniff; does it have a floral or a citrus smell? Then you will move onto tasting. Once you sip your wine, linger on the flavor. Is it light or heavy? Dry or sweet? Is it fruity or spicy? And also, how long does the flavor linger in your mouth? All of these aspects are integral when tasting wine.
If you want to learn more, take part in a wine testing in Baldwin with us here at Rockville Centre Wine & Spirits. We’ll teach you some helpful tips and guide you along the way as well.
As one of the world’s oldest drinks, wine is complex and rich and can be quite temperamental prior to consumption. Serving wine correctly calls for the proper glassware, the ideal temperature, breathing time, and a good “pour”. At our local Baldwin Wine and Spirits Store, we know the best way to serve wine is a combination of all these attributes into one ideal experience for the drinker, while representing the wine to its peak advantage.
For the longer term, wine is best stored outside of the refrigerator and should be chilled right before they are served. For both red and white wines, chilling is best. The more modern philosophy is to chill white and serve red at room temperature, but that’s actually not optimal. White and rose wines do well at around 55 degrees after being refrigerated for one or two hours, while red wines actually do best at around 60 degrees. The wine bottle should be opened carefully, always pulling the cork out away from your face, especially when serving sparkling wines or champagnes. At our Baldwin Wine and Spirits Store, our well educated staff will share that older red wines should breathe for several hours before serving which gets rid of any built-up unpleasant aromas from inside the bottle. Most other red wines can simply breathe in the glass after being poured.
For the best flavor, wines should be served in a carefully planned order. Lighter wines should be served first, whites are best served before reds because of their finer flavors, and dry wines should come before sweet in order to keep a more balanced palate. It’s fine to deviate from the plan if serving wines with dinner, in order to match the courses. Of course champagne and sparkling wines should be served in champagne flutes and wine should be served in a glass with a wide bowl that tapers to a narrower top. Yes, there are specialty wine glasses for particular varieties but they are not necessary. These specialty glasses actually direct the wine to specific areas of the taste buds but really won’t make much of a difference to a casual wine drinker. At Rockville Centre Wine and Spirits, we know to pour wine slowly and fill the glass only halfway or “to the fat of the glass”. Dripping can be kept to a minimum if a slight twist of the bottle is added at the end of the pour.