Wine has more than just the initial taste. In a few simple steps, you will be able to identify subtle differences between wines. Aldi reveals how to master wine tasting at home.
You don't really taste like wine, you really smell like wine, say Aldi's wine experts.
Rotating the wine in the glass allows you to do this much more efficiently, so it is a crucial step in evaluating wine.
Aroma plus flavor equals flavor.
Go with the grape
With the wealth of wines now available, it can sometimes be overwhelming when choosing wines.
If you don't know where to start, start with the grape variety. This is the best indication about the taste of a wine.
All wines are made from different grape varieties, which subtly taste different things and create wines with different structures. For example, medium body.
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Do your research
A little knowledge can go a long way. Researching different wines from around the world and the grape varieties available in some countries will make a huge difference.
Old World wines (from Europe) are generally labeled by region and not by grape variety.
Chablis, for example, is a place in France, where wines are made from Chardonnay and Rioja, in Spain, where most wines are red and produced predominantly from Tempranillo grapes.
Therefore, when buying Old World wines, it is worth learning which grape varieties are grown where.
So, if you like Sauvignon Blanc, a Sancerre may be a good choice and if you are a fan of Chianti wines, then Sangiovese may be the grape for you.
The way you store your wine is also important.
If it is corked, the wine should always be placed horizontally once purchased, so that it does not dry out.
However, sparkling wines and closed corks under a screw cap can be kept upright.
Out and about
When you are in a restaurant and you like wine, the goal is to make sure the wine is "clean".
It is your job to ensure that there are no obvious flaws in the wine (like the wine being corked) and you will be happy to accept it.
Again, if you swirl the wine here before tasting it, it will be impressive!
A wine with a stopper does not mean that there are pieces of cork from a carelessly opened bottle, it is when there is a musty, slightly woody and earthy smell in the wine that came from a contaminated stopper.
So if a wine smells like mold, it may well be corked!