If you've never visited a tasting room before because it's too intimidating, don't freak out. Here are some basic tips to help you feel like a pro, thanks to Alea Curtis from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
Remember, the tasting room staff is there to help, not make you feel like a newbie. There's no such thing as a stupid question. It helps if you follow these steps:
Hold up the glass and note the color, checking for clear, crispness. Cloudy wine can be flawed.
This releases the aromas in the wine, the chemical components that often remind tasters of common fruits, earthy fragrances and spices.
Breathe deeply because this is a big part of the experience. No, you don't look silly with your nose stuck in a glass.
Take a swig and swish it around in your mouth, hitting all the sensory spots on your tongue.
This allows you to keep your palate sharp and taste more wines.
If you find a wine you love, take a photo of the label or make a note on the tasting sheet, which is a great way to remember your favorites.
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