So You Can Sip Surely
You like wine. You love wine. You have no clue what wine is, but think it sounds cool. You’re an expert. You’re a total novice. You’re branching out from Bud Light or Macallan 12 into the land of the grape.
No matter the wine we’re tasting (red, white, or pink; sparkling or still, dry or dessert; expensive or affordable), we run through these six (6) steps.
We hear ya: “SIX things before I get to take a sip? You crazy, lady!”
But trust us, after the first few times, you’ll get the hang of it and be able to run through all the steps in under one (1) minute. And taking that extra hot second will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the vino in your glass. Wine is pleasing to all the senses and can be incredibly cerebral, if you allow it (but that is a topic for another day).
Whatever your knowledge or wine-love-level, this cheat sheet will help you sip surely.
Enough chit chat. Grab your glasses and let’s dig in!
SEE: Literally, what do you see in the glass?
What color is the wine? Red, white, purple, salmon, green flecks? Be specific. Is it still or sparkling? Is there a rim around the of the wine? If so, what color is it? Is it lighter or darker than that of the wine itself? Is the wine cloudy or fully clear?
SWIRL: Go on. Give it a whirl and get it moving.
Why? Well, for one, you look really cool and fancy. Beyond that, getting the air moving in the glass unleashes all the wonderful smells and sends them up to your nose. Circular motion. It’s all in the wrist. Now look at the sides. Those droplets are called legs: long legs = high sugar or alcohol.
SMELL: Time to put your sniffer work work.
Stick your nose deep in the glass, breathe in deeply, hold onto it a bit, then try and put into words what you get. Smell and taste are inextricably tied together. So, the more you use your sniffer, the more you’ll pick up in the next step. A few good sniffs should do the trick.
SIP: The moment you’ve been waiting for.
We made it! Put the glass to your lips and take a sip. But don’t swallow, not yet. Sorry. First, swish it all over like you do with your mouthwash in the morning. Get it in every crevice and corner of your mouth and taste bud of your tongue. But still don’t swallow. Sorry, again.
SHHSHHHSHHH: It’s totally a scientific term.
You know that annoying sound you hear some people making while wine tasting? Do that. With the wine in your mouth, open your lips a bit, and suck in some air in short little bursts. This aerates the wine in your mouth and enhances all those wonderful flavors. Boom!
SWALLOW or SPIT: The time has arrived folks!
We made it! You now have the choice to swallow (self-explanatory) or spit. Why spit? You have to drive; you’re tasting too many wines that day; you’re pregnant; you’re at work. Spit or swallow. Either way, enjoy!
Cheers y’all and don’t forget to #SipAwhile