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The Rules of Wine Tasting

There are a number of rules to wine tasting that will help you get the best out of your wine tasting experience. Before planning an event, it is best to learn a few of the fundamentals of wine tasting to ensure that your experience is a good one.

There are essentially three steps in wine tasting, look, smell and taste. These three steps will influence your entire decision making process and can make you look like an expert when dining with friends and family.

You can tell a lot about a wine just by observing. Simply look at the wine first as you can determine many things about it. The wine should be poured into a clear glass and placed in front of a light, preferably with a white background, so that you can carefully examine the color of the wine. Wine colors vary a great deal, even among the same variety of wine. A red wine isn't always just red and a white can contain different color tones that may not be immediately discernible.

As you look at the wine, remember what you are looking for. More color in a white wine can, for example, mean that it has more flavor and age. Most white wines are not actually white; a white wine tends to show up more as a green or a yellow. A brown white wine may have actually gone bad. In red wines, as the wine ages it becomes lighter. Look for a lighter tone of red wines to find the perfect wine.

The smell of the wine is also important. Begin by swirling the wine in your glass which will assist you in visually observing the body of the wine and also help in releasing the smell to the air. You can get a first impression by taking a quick whiff of the wine as it swirls. If you like what you smell, take a second deeper whiff of the wine. You should concentrate on the smell of the win and resist the temptation to take a bigger taste of the wine and simply contemplate what you have smelled.

As you complete the wine tasting steps listed above, consider the wine as a whole. Think about the food you will be having and whether or not you think the wine stands up to that food. It is not bad etiquette to send wine back. On the contrary, many restaurants will be impressed by this confident display of knowledge. Paying attention to the wine during the wine tasting can be seen as an important social aspect and can win you new friends.

David Franco is a wine enthusiast and free lance journalist. He has written many articles on wine which can be seen on www.distinctivegiftsanytime.com.

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