Theoretical knowledge is nice but nothing compares with the practice. No matter how you much read, you need to practice, practice hard to become a great wine taster. These little secrets will definitely help you cut across.
For many, the olfactory memory, the smell database we all have, is built in younger ages. Surely, however, to smell everything, will help to bring back memories of the past and (and maybe with a little persistence) to create new ones. So do not be afraid to smell what it is in front of you. Smell the wood, the rusty iron, the soil in a rainy day. A good start is to begin from a grocery store.
They do not have to be professional. Your notes will help you remember the wines you are tasting. Otherwise it will be another wine you liked or did not like. Most likely,after a while you’ll say very often, "I do not remember if I liked it." NOTES !!! Start straight away. Write what you smell, in your own words. Do not be ashamed even if it smells "floaties closed in the basement" (yes, we have seen it written). Proceed to taste. Is it intense or gentle? Is it balanced or very stiff? Write anything that cross your mind. Anyway, your notes are personal.
Hold your sip a few seconds in your mouth. Try to get in touch with the whole surface of your mouth and leave your taste buds to do the rest of the work. You will be surprised at how different a wine can be if you keep it a little longer in your mouth.
whenever it’s possible, try more than one wine at a time. Even wholly different wines will allow you to make comparisons. This way you will understand the differences between the wines and you will get a yardstick of comparison.
Avoid to taste wines alone. Discuss your impressions about the wines you have tasted. Listen what they have to say. Surely someone will have smelled something you did not catch. This will help you improve much faster and much more efficiently. In addition, wines are not made to drink them alone ...
Try to determine an amount, as small or as large as you can, to improve your wine-tasting ability. There are thousands of varieties out there and even more wines that worth a try. Dispense your budget between wine tasting events, wine fairs, and wines for tasting. If you want, we can help you choose wines that are worth trying, while at our events and tastings you will learn something new.