For the past few months I’ve been creating a lot of video content for French Wine Subscription service Le Petit Ballon. But despite my enthusiasm for their excellent wines, I’ve been meaning to learn more about English wines for quite some time. That’s why we decided to put together this video on Wine Tasting Basics with Emerging Vines.
We grabbed our recording gear and headed down to the beautiful Sharpham Vineyard in Totnes (South Devon) to chat with the founders of Emerging Vines and find out more about the proper way to sip our vino…
4 Essential Wine Tasting Steps
You’ll want to take a good look at the wine and assess it in terms of colour. For whites, you’ll want to ensure that it’s clear, as otherwise you may be looking at signs of impurities. Lighter wines are usually a sign of youth, while darker wines are often an indication of age or time spent in Oak Barrels.
Next you’ll want to swirl your glass to release the aromas. Take a good sniff of the wine and see what sort of aromas you can smell. Certain varieties of wine, or wine from specific regions, often contain similar scents, such as floral notes or the aroma of red fruits. Many of these elements will likely come through in the next stage of tasting, on the palette.
The best bit comes next! Once agin, you should swirl your glass to release the aromas (80% of taste is actually smell) and then take a sip. If you really want to look like a pro, you should aerate the wine, as Tom demonstrates in the video above. Most of the time, you’ll see the experts spitting the wine back out, because you certainly don’t want to be allowing the wine to effect your judgement when you’re tasting a few glasses at a time. Personally, I don’t see how you can assess the finish of the wine when you’re not swallowing it. However, I am by no means on the same level of expertise as the vast majority of wine tasters – so I assume they know what they’re doing!
Once you’ve assessed the appearance, aroma and taste of your glass, it’s time to make your conclusion. Ultimately, unless you’re hoping to secure your masters of wine any time soon, you’re really just assessing if you like the wine and if you would happily drink it again. Your assessment can also guide you when buying another bottle in the future.
Who are Emerging Vines?
‘Most great ideas were conceived over a glass of wine’ and it would seem that Emerging Vines is no exception. The brainchild of three young wine aficionados: Josh, Tommy & Tom; Emerging Vines is a home wine tasting service with a difference. There’s no pretentiousness and no unnecessary frills, just three incredibly knowledgeable young people who are eager to share their passion for English Wine.
For the past decade, English Wine has begun to gain a national and international reputation for excellence and Emerging Vines are on a mission to spread the word about the fabulous produce England has to offer. They endeavour to provide an informative, fun and relaxed wine tasting experience in the comfort of your own home (or selected venue) that will broaden your perspective of the wine industry.
What do they offer?
Emerging Vines offer informal wine tastings anywhere in the world from just £30pp (for groups of 6+) or £20pp (for groups of 29+). To find out more about their services click here to visit their website.
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