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What better way to learn about wine than with your friends in your own home? The most important element to a successful tasting is to keep the mood light and fun. Remember that one of the main goals of wine tasting is to find a wine you enjoy drinking, and not necessarily to dissect it to its minutest parts.
Here are a few necessary ingredients:
There are a number of themes for your tasting party, here are a few of our favorites:
First, notice the color of the wine as you tilt your glass to see the wine from its very thinnest and lightest to its deepest color.
Second, gently swirl the wine inside the bowl of the glass to coat the sides. Notice how quickly or slowly the wine filters down after you stop swirling. (These rivulets are called "legs.") Then lift the glass to your nose to inhale the aroma and take note of what scent first makes itself known to you.
Third, take a drink and slosh the wine throughout your mouth. This method helps to bring the wine to all parts of the mouth and tongue, allowing each taste sensation to be detected. You may have seen tasters take air in through the mouth; this further intensifies the flavors and enhances the interpretation.
Lastly, take note of how long the flavor of the wine stays in your mouth. This is referred to as the "finish," and will leave the last impression of the wine with you.
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