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Learn the Key Components of Tasting Wines

Get an overview of the steps involved in tasting wine like the pros. By tuning into your senses and slowing down the process you will acquire a whole new appreciation for the complex flavors buried in a bottle of wine.

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Learn the Basics of Tasting Wine
Look, smell, and taste the key components of tasting wines and skills you've had since childhood. Wine tasting is a snap when you know what to be looking, smelling and tasting for. Take a peek at the wine color chart to further enhance your tasting experience.

Wine Tasting Tips
Start with a clear wine glass. The rim of the glass should bend inwards to help funnel aromas to the nose, and allow you to swirl without spilling on your $50 tie. Never hold the glass by its bowl, only by its stem.

Now pour a little wine into your glass. An inch or less is best. If you are tasting several wines, begin with the lightest (sparkling wines, roses, then light whites followed by full-bodied whites) and progress to the heaviest (light reds to more full-bodied reds followed by dessert wines). This will help keep your taste buds more sensitive so you can better appreciate each wine in the series. A sip of water between wines can also help preserve your palate.

How To How to Host an Unforgettable Wine Tasting Party
A Wine Tasting Party is an ideal way to get friends and family together to learn about wine and experiment with new or unusual varities. Pairing wines with cheeses will only enhance your tasting experience. Read on for a list of ideal cheese and wine pairings.

Start your own tasting club!
With more than 100,000 wines on the market, getting together with fellow wine lovers is one of the best ways to learn about wine. An informal tasting club can enhance your understanding and enjoyment, and you can taste more wine, save money and have fun.

A simple tasting form
This straightforward form makes scoring simple, whether you're a novice or an experienced taster.

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