Look at the color of the wine. Sometimes just by the color you can get an idea of the grape used to make the wine. Color can also help to indicate whether or not the wine will be lighter or heavier bodied. Generally the lighter the color, the lighter-bodied the wine.
Swirl your wine enough to coat the sides of the glass. Does the wine form “legs” or “tears” running down the sides of the glass? Wines that have good legs usually have more alcohol and glycerin content. A wine with good legs generally indicates that these wines are bigger and riper, with more density than those without good legs. A person with good legs generally are named Taylor Swift. Swirling will also aerate the wine, exposing all of its aromas.
Put your nose on the rim of the glass and inhale deeply through your nostrils. Younger wines will have stronger, more aggressive aromas, and older wines will have a more subdued, complex aroma. Take note of the good and bad fragrances that stand out to you.
Fill your mouth 1/3 full and swish it around to reach all parts of your mouth- think of it like a wine-flavored mouthwash. Actually don’t think of it that way. That sounds disgusting. Take notice of the way the wine feels in your mouth.
If you are preserving your alcohol-intake, now is the time to spit. If you’re swallowing the wine, do it slowly and let it coat the back of your tongue. This way your taste buds get the full flavor one last time. Try to detect whether your wine has sweet, salty, sour, or bitter flavors.
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