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
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.
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.
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)?
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?