Enhance your Palate - A Guide to Wine Tasting with Eliza Brown

1. Start with the Basics

Every wine journey begins with the basics. Before you dive into the complexities of grape varieties and terroirs, familiarize yourself with the fundamental wine characteristics:

Colour: Hold your glass up to the light and observe the colour. Whites can range from pale straw to deep gold, while reds span from light ruby to inky purple. The colour can hint at the wine's age and grape variety.

Aroma: Swirl your wine gently in the glass to release its bouquet. Inhale the aromas, and try to identify various scents like fruits, flowers, spices, or even earthy notes.

Taste: Take a small sip, allowing the wine to coat your palate. Pay attention to the wine's acidity, sweetness, tannins and overall balance.

2. Temperature Matters

Serving wine at the right temperature can make or break your tasting experience. Whites are best enjoyed chilled, while reds are commonly served slightly below room temperature. There are some that prosper with the help of an ice bucket. Investigate your wine to see how it is best served.

3. Wine Pairing

Pairing wine with food can elevate both the wine and the meal. Experiment with various food and wine combinations to discover your preferences. Remember, there are no strict rules; trust your palate and explore.

4. Take Notes

Keeping a wine journal is a valuable habit. Jot down your impressions, including the wine's name, vintage, and any memorable details about the tasting experience. This record will serve as a valuable reference as you continue your wine journey.

5. Attend Tastings

Wine clubs and tastings are great opportunities to expand your palate and meet fellow wine enthusiasts. These events often provide guided tastings led by experts, offering insights and new discoveries.

6. Trust Your Senses

Ultimately, wine appreciation is a personal journey. Trust your senses and preferences. Don't be swayed by wine snobbery or trends. What matters most is if you enjoy what you are drinking.

9. Share the Experience

Wine is best enjoyed in the company of friends and loved ones. Share your wine discoveries and tasting experiences, as it can deepen your appreciation and create lasting memories.

Remember, there's no rush, and every bottle uncorked is a step in the right direction. After all, the best way to learn about wine is to drink it.