Start your journey into the world of wines
Learning the art of wine tasting is like taking piano lessons, the pleasure you get is directly proportional to the effort you give. The more you improve your sensory skills, the easier it will be for you to understand the peculiarities hidden in the aroma of the wine and to enjoy its taste. The time and effort invested will be one that brings incommensurable fruit and pleasure.
If you do not wish to be just a consumer, but a true connoisseur of wines, we prepared four tips that will initiate you in the flavoursome world of royal drinks.
To be able to admire and display its qualities, only a third of the glass should be filled with wine. Look at the color, the opacity, the viscosity. 5 seconds are enough to analyze the visual features of the wine. The appearance of the wine can say a lot: the age, the % of alcohol, the spectre of grape varieties.
When you smell a wine detach yourself from trying to distinguish the flavors from the very first moment. Breathe in deeply and keep the odor still for a while, enjoy it. To release the aromas gently swirl the glass, this will help you distinguish the hidden peculiarities of the wine.
- Primary odours come from the grapes, the pulp of the grape and its peel. They include floral, fruity or herbal nuances. If a wine has a strong fruity odour it is a young wine.
- Secondary odours appear during the processing of the wine by winemakers. These are derived from the substances produced during fermentation and are easily noticed in white wines: a cheese or walnut shell smell.
- Tertiary odours come up with age in wines kept in glass or in oak. Typically, these flavors are those that bring a tasting note of ripe nuts, vanilla, tobacco, mushrooms, etc.
Our tongue has the ability to detect everything that is sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy. All wines are a little sour and a little sweet, because of the acidity and the natural sugars within the grapes. The wine should be sipped slowly, in small portions, to be able to distinguish, in time, the entire range of tastes, thus discovering if it is a complex, full and harmonious wine.
- Texture: The texture of the wine depends on several factors, but usually a wine with a strong texture always has a higher percentage of alcohol. Ethanol causes a sensation of heaviness, richness by opposing the aqueous liquid. By using the tongue we can also detect how astringent is the wine, that is if it gives you a sandy sensation or makes your mouth tingle, usually red wines have such features.
- Time: Taste is also apreciated against a certain amount of time. There is an introduction, a summary and a conclusion. How long did it take until you couldn’t feel the aroma of the wine anymore after you swallowed it?
If it has been around a minute – you have tasted a good quality wine.
How harmonious did the wine seem to you? Were all the ingredients in balance? Was it not too sour, too astringent? Did you enjoy it? Was it a good wine, a memorable one?
So now we have completed the 4 basic steps you need to follow when tasting and enjoying a wine. Now you can bravely open a bottle of Casa Amati wine and start your journey into the world of taste and flavors. But remember how we perceive a certain wine; you are not always influenced by the character of the wine only, your emotional state counts as well. A good wine deserves a nice and pleasant environment and the company of your loved ones.