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Wine Tasting Notes: What’s the Deal?

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The world of wine can be intimidating sometimes. Maybe you’ve been invited to a wine tasting where the beverage that you love is treated with a degree of nuance that you just don’t understand. What do they mean it has legs? It’s wine! Why are they swishing it around? And why are they saying that it tastes like stonefruit and charcoal when it actually just tastes like wine? As it turns out, wine has something called tasting notes.

What are wine tasting notes?

Sometimes it can seem like people are just making stuff up when they talk about the tasting notes of a wine. Being able to draw complex, identifiable flavors out of essentially a single ingredient seems insane! But tasting notes are real, and you can experience them too if you work to refine your palate!

How do I do that?

It takes a lot of time to become a fully trained sommelier, but starting is easy. A major tip is that even though they are called tasting notes, the flavor is really in the smell. If you practice identifying the odors of common wine notes like fruit, oak, and grass you’ll have an easier time identifying them when you drink the wine. Also remember to compare wines against each other, and keep in mind the grapes that go into each. If you have a deeper familiarity with the taste of wine, you’ll find it much easier to find the notes lingering within.

Don’t put to much pressure on yourself!

You aren’t getting tested on this. There’s no reason to worry about guessing the ‘correct’ wine tasting notes. Next time you have a nice glass of wine, try to identify as many notes as you can, and maybe even compare thoughts with whoever you are sharing your bottle with. Wine tasting as a hobby has a snobbish reputation, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

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