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wine tasting tips If you appreciate a good glass of wine, but are somewhat lost when it comes to anything wine-related other than how your tastebuds are reacting to the current glass in your hand, there’s a great article from Sunset Magazine that is definitely worth checking out. In "Taste Wine Like a Pro ", Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider offers invaluable insight on things like how to pick wine out at a supermarket, how to store wine if you don’t have a cellar, and "what are legs ?". Haven’t the foggiest idea? Click here to find out !

{Article excerpt on how to wine taste}
1. Swirl. Gently swirl the wine in the glass to release the aromas.
2. See. Look at the wine’s color; it sets up expectations. Red wine picks up color as it picks up flavor from the skins and seeds. Wine with an intense color is likely to have an intense flavor. Keep in mind that red wine lightens with age, and white wine darkens with age.
3. Sniff. Get your nose in the glass, you can’t be polite about it. The first sniffs tell you the most; it’s best to take a few quick sniffs instead of one long sniff.
4. Sip. Keep the wine in your mouth to taste it for 3 to 4 seconds, swirl it around all over your tongue. Experts pull air through the wine while it’s in their mouths.


  1. sandra January 7, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Great article! It answered a lot of questions I had that I just never took the time to research. Thanks for the link!

  2. Mansi Desai January 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    those are some great tips! I recently wrote an article about pairing wine with food on my blog:)

  3. MikeZ December 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    There have been tons of people I’ve spoken with that have these questions and concerns – loving their glass of wine, but inexperienced when it comes to selecting, shopping for, savoring and storing wine. Many of us in the “wine business” started with nothing but that first great bottle of wine – one that tasted good to us – and then realized we didn’t know how to pick the next one.

    That was the main reason we started our business, 100BestWines.com, to help people who enjoy wine, but aren’t experts. Not everyone wants to be a wine snob, they just want good wines. To make it easy for the “non-expert” who appreciates wine, on our website, we have lists of what our staff believes to be the 100 best wines available today, as well as 20 great buys under $20, updating them regularly. Hopefully, that can help a lot, but if you would like to learn more, you can join our mailing list and get my eBook on wine – Uncork It! A Wine Guide for Everyone – for free.

    And my opinion about tasting wine is simple – find what you like with the foods you enjoy. It’s not about what Robert Parker thinks, it’s about your taste buds and budget.

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