Wine Tasting for EveryoneHere at Pinot's we love wine. Duh. But we know that not everyone knows all that much about it. Red v. white is easy, but is it light bodied? Old? Here is a handy break down of some key points in wine tasting that will make you look smart and fancy!
Wine Color 101
Light Bodied - Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Beaujolais (wide watery rim)
Medium Bodied - Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cote du Rhone (Medium rim width)
Full Bodied- Shiraz, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon (Dark color, small rim width)
Young - high in tannins, peak levels of fruit aroma and acidity. Very rich color.
Older - Lower in tannins, less acid, increased level of spice. Dull color, more variation in color, wide rim.
Light Bodied - Un-oaked Chardonnay, dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio (pale yellow-green)
Medium Bodied - Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Muscat (Pale gold)
Full Bodied - Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Light Blends (Rich yellow w/ copper glow)
Young - Higher levels of acidity, popular for whites. Bright, rich color, yellow to green.
Older - Best for full bodied or sweet whites, nuttier aromas. Dull, faded yellow and brown.
Swirling: Gently move the glass in a circular motion. This adds more air into the wine to activate all of the hundreds of odorous compounds that make up the wine's aromas.
Sniffing: Put your nose in the glass (not the wine itself) and take several deep sniffs. Taking a deep sniff of the wine helps us perceive everything the wine has to offer.