“The Everyday Guide to Wine” — The Basics
I am convinced that even when my many years of schooling are complete, I will never stop being a student. Working in the medical field that is pretty much a requirement, but I think it applies to other aspects of my life as well. There is so much to learn about the world and we are really only here for a short time in the big scheme of things. Partnering with National Geographic, The Culinary Institute of America, and the Smithsonian, ‘The Great Courses’ have a huge collection of video courses taught by world famous professors to feed the curious nature many others and I posses. In this wine course I learned from Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits Jennifer Simonettie-Bryan.
- 1–2 glasses of white wine a night can reduce your risk of heart disease.
- 1–2 glasses of red wine a night can reduce your risk of heart disease, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
5 S’s of Wine Tasting
1) See — notice different shades of red and white
2) Swirl — releases aromas from the wine into the glass so you can smell it better
3) Sniff — “chest, chin, nose test” the further away you can smell the wine the more aromatic it is; smelling the wine will help you distinguish new flavors you can’t tell from sipping alone
4) Sip — swirl around your mouth to activate different areas of your tongue sensitive to different flavors
5) Savor — enjoy the taste after the wine has left your mouth; the length of time and flavor that lingers is indicative of a quality wine
- Fruit (Dry or Sweet): typically perceived at the tip of your tongue
- Acidity: perceived as sour on the outer edge of your tongue
- Tannin (Bitter): drying sensation on the middle of your tongue (pleasant with balance)
- Alcohol: warming sensation through mouth
Good Quality Wine
- Finesse: smooth regardless of body
- Balance: fruit, acid, tannin, and alcohol working together nicely
- Length: the longer the flavor lasts after you swallow, the higher the quality
- Finish: the wine’s flavor finally leaving your tongue should be pleasant
- Complexity: the more layers of flavor you get, the higher the quality
Aromatic — wines that are generally very fruity and have a high scent
Legs — the residue wine that drips down your glass after swirling (supposedly indicative of quality wine)
Complexity — layers of flavors (the more layers the higher quality of wine)
Body — how viscous the wine is (think heavy cream vs. skim milk)
Light Body/Thin — dilute in flavor
Full Body/Broad — packed with flavor
Bright/Crisp — high acidity
Originally published at www.sssyrah.com on November 12, 2014.