Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Five Steps To Tasting Wine, Step 3

Step 3- Testing the aroma of a wine.

Swirl the wine within your glass to release its vapours and then sniff deeply.

Assessing the smell is an artful skill that develops over time but, in general, a young red wine will smell heavily of berries and will from time to time also smell sightly of mint, spice, licorice, or chocolate.

As a red wine ages it will smell much more of raisins or prunes and, finally, when it can be past its prime, it’ll take on the aroma of vinegar. White wines follow a similar pattern.