Wine tasting is a complex process. Practiced tasters assess wines on many different levels, including color and clarity, aromas, flavors and finishes.
First look at the wine visually - examine its color and watch for clear liquid running down the sides of the glass (legs).
Sniff the wine, taking short whiffs followed by larger inhales. Note any aromas of fruit, flowers, or wood.
Color and Clarity
Wine tasting can feel intimidating at first. Many people think of it as some sort of test, but in reality there are no right or wrong answers. The only rule is to enjoy yourself! When you first taste a wine, you should begin with observing its color and clarity. Color gives clues about a wine’s grape variety, aging, and potential flavors. Clarity can indicate the wine’s alcohol cont...