Tip #2 -
Once you've examined the wine for its color and clarity, lift the glass to your nose and smell the wine. To get the full flavor of the scent, lower your glass, hold it by the stem and rotate your glass to swirl the wine around – this oxygenates the wine and releases the flavor of the wine.
Rotate the glass slowly, using your wrist while keeping your arm immobile. This too takes some practice but the results are worth it. Rotating your wine fills the glass with the wine’s aroma. Once you have swirled the wine, smell it again. You should immediately sense the difference. Note the smells; fruity, woody – how does your wine smell? Before smelling again, rotate the wine more and then sniff again – do you notice any changes? And keep in mind, when a bottle is uncorked, it slowly "opens" the wine and allows the full aroma and taste to develop as they were intended. (More to come!)