If you’re new to the world of wine tasting, you’re in for a treat. It’s an extremely sociable activity where you can meet like-minded people, learn new skills and discovering what you like and dislike. It also gives you an ideal opportunity to try before you buy and save you from wasting your money on wine you don’t enjoy. As amazing as wine tasting sounds there are some things you need to know beforehand. Here’s a list of do’s and don’t that will make you feel right at home during your first wine tasting event.
Do: Find out the structure of the event
Every wine tasting event will be structured in a different way. Some may be more laid back and encourage mingling and socialising. Others will have a more formal set up with a seating plan. The wines may also be presented in a particular way too depending on what type of tasting you are attending. You may find you are instructed on the order in which you must try the wines by your host. Or the wines may be presented on tables that allow you serve yourself. It’s always best to find out how you will be spending your time so you aren’t surprised when you get there.
Don’t: Be afraid to share your thoughts
Just because you’re new to wine tasting does not mean that your opinions are invalid. Share your thoughts and views with the other guests and listen carefully to their opinions also. Don’t be afraid to ask your host for recommendations based on your personal taste and ask questions if you are unsure of anything.
Do: Try something new
If you are thinking of attending a wine tour, it is likely that you have a favourite wine. But don’t just stick to what you know. If you’re travelling abroad to Europe, Emilia Delizia winery tours will give you the chance to taste wines from all over Italy. This will give you a better knowledge and understanding of tones and flavours from different regions. Or if you’re just attending a tasting at a local wine bar, try your favourite wine but from a different country. You can then compare them to see which one you prefer. Why not try something that you think you might not like? You might find yourself being pleasantly surprised and the taste may grow on you which will widen your palette even more.
Don’t: Get carried away
With so many delicious wines on offer for you to try, it can be easy to drink more than you usually would. Take is slowly and give yourself time to enjoy the aromas and flavours of the wines you try. If you feel like you have had enough, politely refrain from drinking anymore. Also, remember not to go on an empty stomach and drink water alongside your wine too.
Whether you’re travelling abroad or staying local, wine tasting can be an enjoyable experience. Now you know the do’s and don’ts of wine tasting, you’ll become a professional in no time.