If you’re anything like me you’re insanely curious and intrigued by wine but it can be a little-bit intimidating and overwhelming when you first set out to discover this unknown cavity of the world. I always try to remind myself that even the most successful and prominent sommelier’s in this world began their careers just like you and me! In the meantime I am sucking up and swirling as much wine knowledge into my brain as possible. Here are some quick and easy wine facts that I think ever wine novice should keep up their sleeve.
Wines from cooler regions tend to be more mild and acidic; while wine from warmer climates
taste bolder with greater hints of sweetness.
Smell is the most commonly used sense in wine tasting – (Use That Nose to Decode)
Swirling wine increases intensity of evaporation; in turn releases the wines true aroma.
White wines can come from both pale and dark grapes – It is the time exposed to the skin that determines the color of the wine.
The French word “Rosé” translates to “Pinked” – the color of a Rosé.
Generally speaking, the darker your white wine looks the older the wine is.
White wine darkens with age; while red wines get lighter over time.
Wine only has two possible tastes: Sour or Sweet (Use these tastes as a baseline to begin to categorize your wine tastings)
Wine “smells” are derived from either fruit or oak. (It is the wine drinker’s job to determine the intensity of both. It’s important to note all wines carry a quality of fruit but may or may not carry a quality of oak.
The “Mouthfeel” describes the sensation triggered by wine to the drinker’s mouth specifically their tongue, lips, palate, gums or throat.
These wine knowledge facts are just the tip of the iceberg. Start feeling, smelling, and tasting your wines with a new point of view and you too will begin to notice qualities, characteristics, and elements of the wine. Watch the story start to unfold and let your wine speak to you in ways you never thought possible!
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