Welcome to Vine to Wine this is your host Linda Moran. Today we are concluding our series exploring the basics of tasting and understanding wine.
So when tasting wine keep in mind, the surface of our tongue is covered with taste buds, and although some may be more sensitive in areas, all are able to perceive the sensations of sweet sour bitter and salty. Swishing the wine around in your mouth allows all of the taste buds to be stimulated. However, let me caution you not to rely too heavily upon your mouth to determine flavors. You do not actually taste things like vanilla or chocolate, you smell it. As I often emphasize 70 percent or better of you ability to perceive flavor comes from your olfactory senses - not your mouth. With that in mind, what you look for when tasting the wine is balance and the sensations and proportions of sweetness and acidity and bitterness in the wine. If one dominates the other, it should be in pleasing proportions, so the wine remains in balance and is a good example of its grape variety and intended style. The nasal passages are amazing and this is primarily why a description of a wine is given in terms of what it smells like – as that is actually what it will taste like; and not because there is any vanilla or chocolate or berry added to the wine. And thanks for joining me on today's Vine to Wine.