Wine Tasting Step 3 – Sip

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Brandon Walsh, President of Hosted Wine Tasting, explains the third step in proper wine tasting: Actually tasting the wine with a sip.

    Brandon Walsh

    Brandon’s immense passion for wine and cooking led him to launch Hosted Wine Tasting; a company that offers wine tasting, food catering, and wine training services at the customer’s location. Besides his studies through the Wine Spectator School and Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA, Brandon has also traveled to vineyards and wineries throughout the world; most notably in the US, Italy, and France.

    Brandon Walsh: Hi, I am Brandon Walsh and today we are discovering the wonderful world of wine. In this clip, I am going to discuss wine-tasting step 3, sip; my favorite.

    If you look at your scorecard, we have covered see, we have covered sniff, now we are going to sip. When sipping the wine or tasting the wine, you are really looking for five different components; the body, the flavor, the taste, the mouth feel, and the finish. Now, when sipping the wine, you are really looking for three aspects of the body; light bodied, medium bodied or heavy bodied. Now, you should already have a good clue as to whether or not it is a light, medium, or heavy bodied just by doing your see analysis and looking at how intense the color of the wine is. Once you have taste, if it is a heavy bodied, it will taste more like a whole milk or a heavy cream. If the light bodied wine, it s probably going to taste more like skimmed milk. So, for looking for analogy, light bodied skimmed milk, heavy bodied wine whole milk or may be a cream.

    Flavor, we have kind of talked about flavors already, but let us recap. If it is a white wine, you want to start thinking about tropical fruits; lemons, peaches, pears, green apples. With the red wine, you are looking for black cherries, black currants, strawberries, or plums. When tasting the wine, you really want to ask yourself does the wine taste dry or is it sweet. Also, are the components of the wine harmonious and balanced or you have been overwhelmed by one particular flavor. Regarding mouth feel you are really looking for two important components; acidity and tannins. With acidity, if your mouth starts to pucker or if your mouth feels very refreshed that indicates the high level of acidity. With tannins, tannins again are only found in red wines. Tannins, if they are very low, can give you smooth or silky feeling on your palate or it can give you kind of a thick velvety feeling that indicates higher levels of tannins. Finally, finish. After you sip the wine, you can either spit or swallow, professionals spit, and you can determine how long does the taste in your mouth stay there. If it stays there for a long period of time it does has a long finish. If, as soon as you spit or swallow the wine, you can no longer taste in your mouth that is considered a short finish.

    In our next clip, I will be discussing wine-tasting step 4, summarize.