Is wine tasting easy?
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Is wine tasting easy?

We usually say that all people are capable of tasting or sensory analyzing wine. Unless the person has some kind of drawback when it comes to perceiving aromas or tartes, anyone can learn the technique and follow it step-by-step.

Wine tasting may both be easy and tough, it all depends what we are tasting the wine for. In other words, some people prefer doing it just for the sake of knowing how to discover if they do like a certain wine or not (and for being able to justify the preference), while other go a little deeper and are actually willing to analyze the quality of the wine itself.

As a definition we could say wine tasting is tasting the drink through our senses, using them in order to analyze it, describe it, and qualify it. There are different tasting types, with distinct goals, especially when it comes to professional wine tasting. For now we´ll work with two large divisions: the hedonistic tasting, and the professional tasting. Basically, the technique is the same.

What changes, though, is the objetive of such analysis. The hedonistic tasting has the purpose of expressing the pleasure of experiencing. In other words, it searches information that will take us to the conclusion of appreciating or not a given wine. When we talk about professional wine tasting, on the other hand, the purpose is another – describing the color, the aroma, the attributes, the expression of the wine in the palate, if there are any alterations or flaws, and finally estimating the quality of the wine, therefore without denoting the personal taste.

A good wine taster needs to improve the technique, and practice it a lot, with different wines, from different regions. Besides, the most important thing for someone who wishes to become a good taster is studying about the drink – studying it a lot!

Knowing wine is knowing how to combine theory and practice. I refer to that because it is pretty common to come across some people who learn the technique and think that is all it takes to become an expert. That is not how it happens. A professional taster needs to understand the wine, to know hoe to interpret it and be able to see what the wine is revealing through its aromas, for example. Kwnowing how it is possible for a drink that is entirely produced with grapes, taste like banana, pepper or coffee.

Wine, through its color, its aromas, and its flavors, tells its story, its origin, its terroir type, the grapes that compose it, the methods used, its maturing, its age, among other aspects. The best way to comprehend this scenery is deeply tasting and thoroughly studying about it.

At last, I would like to say there is a big difference between a common taster and a good taster. These differences arise after lots os research, dedication, experience, and professionalism. But remember: you don´t need to be an expert in wine tasting to enjoy it to the most!

Mario R. Leonardi

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