Taste Wine Like an Expert

Master sommelier Alpana Singh explains what to concentrate on when tasting new wines.

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[MUSIC] So unfortunately, wine, for as much as enjoyment as it provides, it can sometimes appear complicated. And one of the hurdles that many people often find with wine is I sometimes sort of wonder where do the blueberries and peaches and bananas come from. That's perfectly natural. So the key to wine enjoyment is to remember two things. That is what you smell and that is what you taste. Oftentimes, you'll see sommeliers swirl the wine and what that does, it's very important, is before you take a sip, swirl the wine, and that actually increases the aromatic complexity of what you're drinking, and you're able to sense more of what you're smelling. The other component is tasting So, what does it mean when a wine is balanced? What balance refers to is that there's nothing really sticking out in the wine. The acid is nice, the fruit is nice, the body is nice. Everything seems in line. Another one is finish. Finish is really how long the wine persists in your mouth after you swallow it. So, if it lasts, and lasts that refers to a long finish. If it dissipates real quickly, that would be a short finish. Another one is the structure, what does it mean when the wine is structured. Structure refers to how the wine actually feels in your mouth. Another one is dry, I like a dry wine. So, dryness in technical terms actually means that there's no sweetness in the wine. Some us may use the term dry to mean that we don't want something [INAUDIBLE]. The easy way to start off is just do two things. Swirl the wine before you smell it and as you taste the wine, pay attention to how it How it feels in your mouth. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]
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