What's your favorite wine? No matter what sort of wine you like, you're sure to find something to love at Marquis Wine Cellars. Bookmark our page right now, and come back every time you want to order wine online in Vancouver. To the uninformed palate, wine can be intimidating. It doesn't have to be if you understand a few necessary things about wine tasting.
1. Start with good glasses
You may be tempted to go with the cheapest wine glasses you can find. This is not a very good idea. Instead, shop around to locate a beautiful set of stemmed glasses without decoration. Frosting, tinted glass and fancy grape patterns may be appealing but have no place on real wine glasses. A clear glass affords the opportunity to observe a wine's color, 'legs' and other visual characteristics such as depth of hue and clarity.
A nicely shaped wine glass gives you a chance to swirl wine with no chance of spilling. Taste red wines in a tall glass with a wide mouth and bowl. For white wines, choose a taller, narrower glass that allows less air to contact the surface of your wine. In either case, hold the glass by the stem to avoid warming the wine in any way.
2. Swirl, swirl, swirl
While the glass is sitting flat on a tabletop, hold the bottom of the stem and give the glass a vigorous swirl. This motion will expand the surface area of the wine and aerate it to release aromas. Don't over-swirl, though. Five or six seconds is all you need to get a sense of the wine's characteristic fragrance.
After swirling, take a close look to see the viscosity, or 'legs' of the wine. Watch for thin streaks of wine that slide down the inside of the glass. Bigger wines that are more sugary or contain more alcohol tend to have more obvious legs. This doesn't tell you anything about the quality or flavor of the wine, however.
3. The nose knows
Raise your glass and stick your nose right down into it. Inhale sharply through your nose and make a mental note of the first aroma you notice. Because taste is highly influenced by smell, aroma is a good way to know how a wine will probably taste on the tongue.
4. Taste the wine
After doing the above, you're ready for a real taste. Take one more sniff, then take a small sip, but don't swallow it. Instead, swirl the wine to coat the inside of your cheeks and wet your palate.
After you buy wine online in Vancouver, and after you've tasted it, profile the wine. Wine is typically described by three rather board categories that are acidity, sweetness, and tannin. The first two attributes relate to the dryness of a wine. The absence of acidity will make a wine taste dull and 'flabby.' Tannin comes from grape skins and seeds and creates a sense of dryness to the tongue and mouth. Excessive tannin can make a wine taste bitter.
Don't blaze a cigar or nosh a big garlicky meal before a wine tasting. Keep a supply of water and plain crackers nearby to cleanse your palate between different wines. When you're ready to know more about how to buy wine online in Vancouver, contact Marquis Wine Cellars.