I was endowed with the good fortune of being introduced to Wines by the maestro themselves the French, of experiencing the romance of Wine and appreciating the vibrancy and charm of each Wine that enhance with age. I have learned to experience Wine Tasting the way it is supposed to be, a sensuous consummate romance satiating all the five senses.
The experience begins with the selection of the glass. The conical glass shape increases in dimension till the middle and then reduces at the mouth is so designed to ensure enough vapor is present to emanate a strong aroma of the wine. It is filled only one-third full to allow space for the vapors to be contained.
Graze the walls of the glass with your fingers and hold it by the stem in case of cold wine to keep it away from body heat, else rest your fingers at the meniscus of the liquid and slowly slide it down as the level goes down. Hold the glass against a source of light and observe the hue and clarity of wine. The color of Wine deepens with age and for red wines a golden ring appears on the meniscus like a golden halo around an eclipsed sun.
Swirl your glass for few seconds to vaporize some of the wine, close your eyes and then take a whiff to let the fruity aroma seep in. The aroma overwhelms your senses completely, obliterating the traces of any other earlier sensation.
Take a small sip of the wine and swirl it around your mouth, allowing it to graze a large area of the tongue to feel the wine’s elements of alcohol content, tannin levels, acidity and residual sugar, the four elements that meld together to offer impressions in intensity and complexity, yielding it to be sweet or dry.
Wine culminates with a lingering after taste, reminiscent of the associated memory!!