One of the questions I am most frequently asked by people new to the world of rare and boutique wines is “What is the right way to taste wine?” The simplest answer is “There is no one right way to taste wine.” However, there are a number of things you can do to enhance your ability to distinguish between the nuances and flavors present in each wine and learn to tell a “good” wine from one that is not quite as pleasing.
The basic principles of wine tasting are simple to learn. Once you have built a foundation based on these essentials, you will develop a natural understanding of the nuances and finer details of wine tasting. Just like any other pursuit, learning to taste wine takes practice and experience. Fortunately, practicing wine tasting is a very enjoyable activity!