As a Food & Beverage Service Professional you need to know the procedure to taste wine. This article will give you a good overview on wine tasting.

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Things to remember:

  • The perfect measure for a wine testing glass is:
  1. 6 in (152 mm) High.
  2. Able to hold 7 fl oz. (215 ml).
  • The glass is usually filled about 1/5 of the capacity for tasting purposes.
  • The tall funnel shape is designed to hold aroma or bouquet so that the taster can smell.
  • Ensure there is a long enough stem to keep the hand away from the bowl since professional tasters often hold the glass by its foot.
  • Arrange a thin glass for testing as the wine could be tasted vividly from thin glass.
  • Remember the more watery and brown the wine, the older the wine.

Wine Tasting Procedures

wine tasting procedureEnsure the following things:

  • Appropriate arrangements and guidance are provided.
  • Wine testing glasses are clean, polished and spotless.
  • The labels of the wine bottles are easily observable.
  • A verdict form is to mark off each section is handed out.
  • The waiter must be professional and efficient.
  • The look of a wine must be able to describe:
  1. It’s vintage.
  2. Hint at the grape.
  3. Origin.
  • Tip the glass away from you to give a first look to ensure:
  1. Perfect color.
  2. Clearness.
  3. Visual texture of the wine.
  • Look at the rim of the liquid by keeping it on a piece of white paper.

Swirl

  • To remove any unwanted odor, forcefully swirl the wine around the glass for a moment.
  • Continue to swirl the wine to volatize its aroma.

There are two types of processes for testing:

  1. Vertical: To taste same wine from different Vintages.
  2. Horizontal: To taste different wines of the same type in a single vintage.

Remember while testing

The ideal conditions for a testing should be:

  • Clean.
  • Well lit place without the Suggestive power of Atmosphere.
  • No smell of wine barrels.
  • Away from friendly gossip.
  • Do not contain the chunk of cheese, ham, salami or bread.

Sniff

  • You must sniff a wine before tasting which can tell you more about a wine than anything else.
  • While sniffing, concentrate only in sniffing since first impressions are crucial and vital.
  • To determine whether the wines fresh and clean, take one long sniff or a few brief ones.

Sip

  • Take a liberal sip, a third of a mouthful, suck air between your teeth and through the liquid and “Chew” it so that it can reaches all parts of your mouth.
  • Hold the wine in your mouth for a little longer so that you can realize as much flavor as possible.
  • Concentrate on the flavor to identify is there just one flavor, or do several contribute to a “complex” overall effect.
  • And then focus on the texture of the wine.
  • The final verdict comes if the volatile compounds rise into the upper nasal cavity.

Spit

  • Spit a wine out to get rid of a lengthy tasting.
  • If you want to have the tasting for long time then do not spit.

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