WHAT IS WINE TASTING

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When we drink wine, we often pay little attention to the colour. We don't notice its perfume if it is not very strong. We primarily pay attention to the flavour. TASTING, on the other hand, means lingering and paying attention to each of the above mentioned sensations and to make an effort to pay attention to them; in order to do this, a simple exercise of one's own sensorial capacities is all it takes.
The tasting is comprised of gathering an analysis of the sensations which that wine gives you and to compare them with your memory. After having looked at the colour and the clarity, we will try smelling its fragrance. For example, we can sense a clear scent of violets in a Chianti Classico, if someone points it out to us the first time. And finally, when tasting it, we can sense if it is sweet or dry, bitter, smooth or sour.
In order to do this, however, it is important to follow precise techniques. Those which are used by "experts" who need to know how to taste a wine in order to understand its value, to distinguish its quality, to make sure it doesn't have defects and to be able to decide which food suits it best.

During the tasting, called "analysis of the senses", this means analysis of the characteristics we gather with our sense organs. We can analyse the wine from the point of view of the sensations which it gives us while we look at, smell and drink it.
"Tasting" a wine means to penetrate all of the secrets of its harmony.

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THE GLASS

In order to have a true wine tasting, the choice of the glass is very important.
Choosing a glass with a thin rim, a glass which is not coloured so that the tonalities and the highlights of the wine are more visible. The glass should be separate from its base, rising on a stem, in order to avoid heating the wine while you hold the glass in your hand, as well as to avoid taking on the flavour of any perfume you may be wearing.
The tulip form is the best shape, because it allows for a perfect concentration on the fragrances.

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