Wine Tasting: Swirl, Sniff, Sip?
Why do we Swirl, Sniff, Sip When Tasting Our Wine?
Have you ever wonder why wine tasters do that little ritual ?
Many of us less sophisticated wine appreciators spend time perfecting the first-step wine tasting motion of the swirl, so that it won't douse our unsuspecting neighbors while we're doing it, along with learning the difference between a simple, tentative sniff at the edge of the glass and the more legitimate big whiff- where your nose is submerged in the bowl as far as it can possibly go without falling in. This is followed by a small sip which constitutes the official wine tasting.
The sip is not legitimate, mind you, unless it is followed by a loyal swish before the big swallow. And, if you are fortunate enough to be drinking a Robert Goodman wine, this detailed process is always capped off with a satisfied smile.
For the really discerning tasters, the process may be more like the “swirl, sniff, sip, swish and spit,” but that's another story…
What many people don't know is the significance behind many of these wine-tasting rituals.
Wine Swirl Is All About Catching the "Bouquet" with Smell
The main importance of the swirl and subsequent sniff is to oxygenate the wine in your glass, thus bringing out its full smelling potential, otherwise known as the wine's "bouquet." Since a human being's sense of smell is located right next to the memory portion in our brains, the sniff is an important step in igniting the senses as to what they are about to experience as well as evoking familiar aromas that can be identified and tasted in the wine. Proper wine tasting therefore begins with a gentle swirl.
Wine is Swished to the Taste Buds
When we do the sip, many of us skip the most important step of swishing. There are over 10,000 taste buds in the mouth; by simply swallowing the wine without a dedicated swish first, the taste buds located on the back and sides of the tongue will most likely be left out of the whole enjoyable wine tasting experience- thus cheating the taster out of a complete and successful tasting of the wine. So step two of wine tasting is a almost un-detected swish of the wine through the mouth.
Why Do They Hold the Wine Glass Like That?
Let's not forget the significance of the appropriate way to hold your wine glass. For aesthetic reasons, it is better to hold the wine glass by the stem so as to avoid depositing unsightly fingerprints on the bowl. However, a more serious reason to be noted is, when drinking white wine, holding the wine glass by the bowl could possibly alter the temperature and thus potentially compromise the optimal flavor of the wine. And, since we've now perfected the art of the swirl, sniff, sip, swish and smile… holding our glass by the stem just looks prettier.
Bottom Line: It's about the Wine
No matter how the wine is transported from before you to within you, never forget it's really all about wine tasting to ensure enjoying wine for the wonderful flavor and celebration of good times. We invite you to enjoy a wine tasting of any of the Robert Goodman Wines; this way your Swirl, Sniff, Sip is always followed by a satisfied smile too.
May we suggest?
May we suggest your wine tasting begin here wine to learn the subtlety of a delicate bouquet.
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Why do we Swirl, Sniff, Sip When Wine Tasting? - see above.