Travel Single-Wine Tasting Tips

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Wine tasting tips for the single traveler

Wine tasting can be one of the delightful pleasures of your traveling experience.  Today we want to offer some wine tasting tips for the single traveler.

Have a snack before you embark on your wine tasting experience, something in your tummy will help absorb the alcohol and make the entire experience more pleasurable.  Another option would be to pack yourself a picnic lunch as most wineries will sell you a bottle (or two) of your favorite wine and allow you to dine in their vineyard (perhaps with a new friend you have also made during this time).

Travel Single-wine tasting tips

Remember to take another bottle (or two) home with you to share with your friends and relive the experience.

Since you are solo for this trip and will not have a personal designated driver, find a tour that offers safe transportation.

Tasting wines is much easier to do, than to explain in words, but let’s give a go anyway just so you don’t look like a complete novice.

Clarity and Color of wines:

Most of us know that wines are white, blush or red; expand your imagination and describe the color in more detail.  For example, not just red; but is it purple, garnet, red-brown, or ruby-red?

White is white, right?  Not so, look to see if the wine has a yellowish color, bright gold, even a light green appearance.

It is fascinating to know that white wines will darken with age and older red wines will have a tint of orange that younger reds will not. your “sniffer” to work at least three times, upon first smell, swirl the liquid for 10 to 15 seconds to release its natural aroma.  Next, put your nose deep into the glass and take a deep whiff…do you smell berries? Vanilla? Oak or a hint of citrus?  Give the glass another swirl to let all the aromas mingle and take your final sniff.

Now the phase we have all be waiting for; the taste test.  The three points include: Attack, Evolution and the Finishing phase.

Upon your first initial sip, note the sensations that the wine makes on your palate (i.e.: dry or sweet, heavy or light).

During the evolution phase, you will be looking deeper into the actual taste of the wine.  For example you may taste berry, cinnamon, or pepper in a red or you may taste hints of citrus or butter in some whites.

Referred to as the “final stage” is the lasting impression that the wine makes. Consider if you want another sip or has this particular wine left a bitter taste in your mouth.  What was the very last flavor that you tasted?

Having a pad and pencil nearby will help you to record your impressions and to note your favorite wines (include name, year and the producer).

Your sense of sight, smell and taste are all engaged in this experience.  Relax and enjoy!

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