Here are some questions you might have about wine, and their corresponding answers.

  1. Is it true that wine helps improve your heart condition?

Yes, it is. Research shows that the antioxidant nutrients in red wine can slow down the progression of atherosclerosis, a type of arteriosclerosis that occurs when there’s buildup of fats, cholesterol and plaque in the artery walls.

  1. Which one is better, red wine or white wine, when it comes to health?

Both the red and the white ones are good for your health. Although they are made with grapes, they do not provide the same health benefits as fruits. After they go through fermentation, the grapes lose some of their original nutrition, but they also gain new health benefits. One of the main benefits of white wines is that they can improve heart health and prevent heart diseases. They are also effective in promoting lung health.

  1. Is there are a format for wine tasting events?

Yes, which means that before you go to one, it’s important to know what the format is. There are different types of events; it may be a more informal walk-around tasting, where different wines are set around the room on tables for you to go and try. Others can be more structured. You might for example, be seated at a table with other tasters and the host will talk you through the wines in a specific order.

  1. Should you go to wine tasting with an empty stomach?

Contrary to popular belief, going to a wine tasting event does not require you to have just wine in your stomach. It’s always advisable to have something to eat before a wine tasting, even if you aren’t swallowing. All those small sips can quickly add up and you can end up consuming more than you think.

  1. How will notes come in handy during wine tasting?

After tasting several glasses of different wines, your memory can get a little hazy. A good way to judge a wine at a tasting is to give it a score out of 10. This should be based on appearance, smell, taste and an overall conclusion. Your notes only need to make sense to you, so don’t worry if they are all over the place to start with.

  1. What’s one thing that every beginner in wine tasting must remember?

Any beginner, in any field including wine tasting, must learn the skill of asking questions and learning from their respective answers. Otherwise, you end up making a fool out of yourself.