Thursday, 23 January, 2020
Have you ever thought about inviting friends and family over for a wine tasting, but decided not to because you didn’t know how to host a wine tasting? Fear not any longer! TRIO Wines has put together a guide with some key points that will help you host your own wine tasting.
A wine tasting is an occasion to examine and evaluate wine by way of three sensory impressions: Sight, aroma and flavor.
Generally speaking, at-home tastings should be relaxed and all about having a pleasurable experience. The main goal should be that each taster can discover the simple joy of evaluating a wine in order to impart his or her praise, or critique.
Follow your senses
Sight is the first sense we employ. To ensure an optimal tasting, we recommend hosting the event in a well-lighted area, or somewhere with good natural light, as one of the first things we’ll do is tilt our glasses at a 45-degree angle and gently swirl the wine so that we can observe the streaks (legs) as they roll down the glass.
Thin legs indicate that you’re tasting a light body wine, whereas thicker legs indicate a full-bodied wine. With regard to the speed at rich the legs roll: Slow moving means that the wine is higher in alcohol content; faster means that it has a lower alcohol content.
To take in the wine’s aromatic expressions, we must put to work our sense of smell. First, we want to put our wine glass on a table so that it can emit its lighter aromas. Next, with our glass still on the table, we’ll gently swirl our glass (again), which will bring oxygen into contact with the wine and help it “open up” the aromas. The final step in this process is to take the glass by the stem and make a circular motion, allowing the wine to coat the inside of the glass, thus giving it the opportunity to display the full might of its aromas.
With our wine opened up, we can catalogue if it’s elegant, complex, or pleasurable, based on a range of aromatic identifiers: fruit, floral, herbal, herbaceous, and/or spicy. Subjectivity is integral to this step, as your olfactory memory and development will come with time.
Next, you’ll take a sip of your wine and swish it around in your mouth for about ten seconds, after which you can either drink it or spit it out.
Thanks to our taste buds, we can determine if the wine is acidic, sweet or dry, as well as gauge its texture; in the case of white wines, you can expect either a silky or smooth body.
The serving etiquette — like the full tasting experience — should follow a preestablished sequence; from whites to reds, from light bodied to full bodied wines, from dry to sweet. For this reason, we recommend the following order when hosting your TRIO Wines tasting:
Start with TRIO Chardonnay, which offers a delicate start to your tasting with its notes of fresh fruit; next up, TRIO Merlot — a light-bodied red which boasts soft tannins and distinct fruit flavors of raspberry and plum; lastly we taste TRIO Cabernet Sauvignon, TRIO’s full-bodied red with marked notes of dark red fruits and blackcurrant.
Also, you’ll need to keep serving water on hand for cleansing the palate after each wine tasted.