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Doesn’t it just drive you crazy when you smell something in the wine, and you know that you know what it is, but you can’t come up with the word? Wine Aroma Wheel to the rescue!
This is one of my all-time favorite tools. I actually had this wheel blown up into poster size to teach wine-tasting classes.
In anticipation of some nuts and bolts tasting lessons I thought it would be smart to go over a couple of basic techniques, so in my last post we took care of swirling. Now, on to swooshing, AKA permission to display bad table manners. For this, you’ll need a glass of white wine that isn’t too cold. If the wine’s too cold you can’t smell anything and the cold shocks your tongue so the flavors don’t register.
OK, first take a sip and down the hatch. Hope it tastes great! Now, take another small sip (if you take in too much you might choke), purse your lips and pull a little air in, through your teeth over the top of the wine. It’s kind of like whistling in reverse. Next, swoosh the wine all over your mouth like mouth wash and chew on it a bit, as if it’s food. Go ahead – give it a try!
Difference? Wow! The wine fills your whole head, no? It has so much more flavor! Continue reading