If you’re a beginner in Wine 101, then pay attention.
Being a beginner in anything can be quite stressful. For example, if it’s your first time to go on an Amsterdam holiday alone, it’s understandable if you need to get the information that you will be needing just to make sure that you’ll be getting everything right on that trip. You can’t go around assuming that what you consider normal by your standards will also be normal for all the locals you meet.
In the same way, if it’s for wine tasting and you’re doing it for the first time, it would also be a great advantage to you if you learn to get your facts straight. Being a beginner in wine tasting, you can expect that you might get a few things wrong, but it also pays to have a grasp of the basics, at least. Kind of like how you need to know the basics of web development if you’re going to build a website. Here are a few tips you need for wine tasting, to get you moving along your journey.
Some Tips For Wine Tasting, for Beginners
Learn (and eventually, master) the art of asking questions. Some people may know the names of popular wine regions and showy grape blends. Most won’t. Both are OK. If you feel like the wine steward is speaking French when they rattle off the vineyard names, grape varieties, or flavors you should be looking for, feel free to stop them and ask for clarification. Winemakers love to talk about these things and often forget that not everyone knows their jargon.
Remember that your notes are your best friend. It’s unrealistic for anyone to be expected to remember all of the details about five wines considered in such a small window of time. No one expects you to do that. It’s totally acceptable to ask for a pen and paper at the start of your experience (plenty of vineyards will even provide this without prompting) for you to jot down notes as you go.
Don’t assume that all you’ll be consuming during the tasting is wine. You should plan to drink water between the tastings, both to clear your palate as well as to keep you hydrated, as well as to consume small bites.