WINE TASTING WITH ONLINE WINE CLUBS
Buying wine online is easy, convenient and offers great value purchases, however there are many novice wine lovers who need a little guidance, in choosing their wines. Online wine clubs have online communities created for wine enthusiasts with opportunities to join chat rooms, create profiles and buy great value wines. These wine clubs are full of useful information about the different types of wine available, grapes, vineyards, wine makers and producers, what wines go with what food and the characteristics of different wines etc. Many of the best wine clubs publicise or organise wine tasting events which you can sign up to online. If you are a slightly less experienced, but still enthusiastic wine customer, than you may wish to get in the know about tasting wines, so here are some tips to help you get tasting your new wines professionally…
You don’t have to know a ton about wine to be a proficient wine taster, all you need is a passion for the stuff, knowledge of what to look out for and enough self control to really stop to savour and get as much as you possibly can out of every single sip! You can have tastings on a personal level to get the most out of your private wines and develop your tastes, if you want to organise a more formal tasting event then you should remember a few things; don’t accompany the wine with any flavoursome foods, only plain crackers. A room with good light is important for a clear view of the wines colour, and of course there should be unperformed, non smoky air so you can smell clearly. You do not have to spit out the wine after you sample it but just keep an eye on how much you’ve tippled, it may just be a sip at a time but it all adds up! Always begin with the cheapest wines and taste whites before reds, dry before sweet, light before heavy, young before old.
To smell the wine you should swill it gently around twice and make the most of your first inhalation as it will have the strongest impact on your nose. The scent (or bouquet) of the wine holds over fifty percent of its flavour. The glass should be about thirty percent full, and held at a slight angle against a white background to allow you to see the colour of the wine clearly. In most occasions red wines loose colour with age and white wines develop a greater depth of colour. Older red wines will have hints of brown around whilst a younger red will be a more purplish red. Older or sweeter white wines have a honeyed colour and whilst the crisper ones a pale yellow.
Once you have sampled the flavours by sniffing the wine you should sip the wine, drinking enough to coat the inside of your mouth; concentrate on how long the flavours linger, whether the fruit is balanced with the acidity and that it has aged sufficiently. You should savour its first impact upon your taste buds, the flavours that hang in your mouth after that and its resounding taste.
After you’ve bought wines online you can have your very own personal wine tasting, and with online wine clubs you can share your findings with other customers or take your skills along to a group wine tasting.