Tip #3 -
Taste the wine:
You’ve prepared your senses for the flavor and now you can test the wine with your palette. Take a small sip first and swish it around in your mouth. If you don’t notice much, don’t worry at this point. The first taste simply cleanses your palette and prepares it for the full taste – the next sip.
Go slower on the second sip and enjoy the savor of the wine. Wash it around in your mouth to get the full flavor. Inhaling through your nose at this time permits you to explore differences in flavors once you begin to compare wines. Jot down any tastes you experienced.
At the very base, a Sauvignon Blanc tastes different from a Merlot simply because of the variety of grape used to make the drink. Wines taste better with age and most wines are aged in wooden barrels, which can also influence the flavor of the wine. In time you’ll know how to distinguish between wines with ease and look like a pro at any wine tasting.