Over the past few years, wine has become a peculiar beverage that has given rise to wine tasting, a sophisticated practice. There are a few rules that need to be followed during wine tasting that everyone needs to know regardless of the venue. First, if you are planning on having a wine tasting party, you should only invite a comfortable number of guests. If there is a crowd, the whole event becomes quite intimidating. During the whole event, guests need to be comfortable pouring wine without being rushed at it.
Secondly, there should always be bottled water present at every wine tasting event. This way, all the wine tasters can rinse their mounts after tasting one wine in preparation for the other. There are a few wines whose tastes linger in the mouth and as such might taint the remaining ones if not rinsed out. Also, guests might need to keep themselves hydrated throughout the event, especially if they are craving something else rather than wine when thirsty. Most wine drinkers understand that doing it on an empty stomach is not a good idea. Therefore, there should be food ready for all the wine tasters. The food should not affect the taste buds at all, so the plainer it is, the better! It’s better to go for unflavored snacks or unsalted foods.
What Is Decanting?
If you are an avid wine taster, you have likely come across the term decanting. It can be simply explained as the process of letting wine breath before serving or drinking it. Decanting can either be done hours prior to a wine tasting event or just a few minutes after a new wine bottle is opened. During wine tasting events, decanting might involve pouring the wine into a totally different container for the best results. There are a few people who filter the wine to remove any bitter contents that might affect the quality of the wine.
Younger wine bottles deserve more decanting than the older ones. However, the older ones are likely to have more bitter contents. There are a few advantages to decanting including relaxation of the wine’s flavor and making the taste of the wine very smooth. Note that, not all wines should be decanted. There are a few that should be taken immediately the cork is popped out while others should be allowed to breathe properly before being served. Therefore, only wine connoisseurs understand this process better.