A 4-step approach to improve your wine-tasting confidence

This post attempt at giving you simple tips to build up on your tasting ability, and ultimately on your enjoyment of wine. I find it sad to hear my friends not daring to speak up about how they like or don’t like such wine, because they are scared to say the wrong thing – scared to sound ridiculous – scared to be seen as gross. There is no big secret about tasting wine, it is like smelling a perfume really, you might just find it yeah! or nay… And sometimes you might be inspired to elaborate a little on what your senses capture. And like anything, senses may require a little practice to develop some level of comfort.

*This picture was taken during a tasting at Chateau Haut-Brion, a beautiful castle with a fantastic winery in the Bordeaux region.

*This picture was taken during a tasting at Chateau Haut-Brion, a beautiful castle with a fantastic winery in the Bordeaux region.

So please keep reading and next thing you will find yourself doing is cracking a couple of bottles, getting a cute notebook and off you go, you have a new hobby!

Your starter kit:

  • Wine at room temperature for red, slightly chilled for white (check the label, they usually provide this info)
  • Real wine glasses
  • A glass of water
  • Bread or crackers to wash your palate (see previous post on wine as for why)
  • A notebook

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