The good thing about wine is that it is NOT like math (my least favorite subject.) 2+2=4, 3+3=6, there is a wrong answer in math, in wine, not as much.
Tasting is personal to the taster. Also, a part of smell is the taste. Have you ever plugged your nose and ate food – can’t taste much. Depending on your experiences growing up, you may be more apt to smelling certain spices in wine because of how my family cooked etc.
That is what makes wine so exciting.
When you are tasting with a group of friends it’s not about who’s right or wrong, its more about exploring the wine together.
Here is what happens with my friends:
“I smell dill, are you getting that?”
“No, but I am getting some rosemary…”
“I can see that, or I am getting something dark. I can’t quite place it… “
Then someone jumps in, “its anise!”
Everyone is learning together.
When I first got into wine professionally, I was so far behind my counterparts.
The hardest thing about smelling and tasting wine is connecting what you smell to words in your brain.
It takes practice, but once you start using your nose again and smelling the things around you, your whole world pens up, not just wine.
Ever since going down this wine road, wine has become more enjoyable for me, and so has my surroundings. I can smell probably 3x’s more than before.
Our noses are used to smelling food and the things around us, and we really don’t use our noses like they were intended for. It takes practice like anything else. I was once the guy, that said, “all I can smell is wine!”
Check with your local wine bar/retailer and see if they have tasting classes. They are great! Or, do it at home, smell your spices and fruits, and it will help you on your way better enjoyment in wine.
3 pillars of wine tasting
Why do people swirl wine? To get the smell up and out of the glass closer to your nose and to also aerate the wine, or “open up” the wine. Think about being locked into a wine bottle, you would need to breathe a little too!
Article by: Greg Bybee, Business Development Guru, Crushed.com