TAST­ING NOTES

West of 105 Magazine - - Drinking & Dining -

Kyle Sch­lachter, a Cer­ti­fied Spe­cial­ist of Wine and named one of Amer­ica's Top 40 Un­der 40 Tastemak­ers by Wine En­thu­si­ast, walks us through the steps of wine tast­ing

STEP 1

Look at the wine. Check out the color. Is it bright or dark? Is it trans­par­ent or is it opaque? Color can pro­vide clues on what you might taste.

STEP 2

Smell the wine. Swirl it around gen­tly in the glass to help re­lease the aro­mas. Think gen­eral to spe­cific. Do you smell fruit or flow­ers? Then you can try to iden­tify scents that re­mind you of spe­cific fruit or flow­ers or spices.

STEP 3

Taste the wine. Move the wine around in your mouth. Is the wine sweet or bit­ter? Does the wine have tan­nins that make your mouth feel fuzzy (think about eat­ing a ba­nana peel)? Does the wine make your mouth wa­ter (this might in­di­cate more acid­ity in the wine)?

STEP 4

Think about the wine. Do you like it? Is it bal­anced (too acidic, too tan­nic, or too al­co­holic)? Does it make any food you may be eat­ing taste bet­ter? Do you want more?

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