와인 테이스팅의 기초로 다시 한번 간다….

I deleted my wine database a long time ago. I recall tasting 600 different types of wines over 8 month period. This does not necessarily mean that I had 450 liters of wine by myself. It means I tasted 600 different kinds of wines, including the wines from same wine maker but different vintages. 🙂

I am in the process of recollecting my memories now – there are 5 S’s of tasting wines.

1) See
– Seeing is very important as our eyes are generally trained more than nose and mouth.
– For white wines, it starts from ‘green’ colour (young and youthful) to ‘gold’ colour (old and mature).
– For red wines, it starts from ‘purple’ colour (young and youthful) to ‘brown’ colour (old and mature).
– When you pour a wine into a glass, the middle part where the colour is light, it is called ‘core’.
– In comparison, while the colour of core is lighter, the colour where wine contacts the wall of a wine glass is generally darker and it is called ‘meniscus’.
– When you swirl a wine, you will see the wine flows on the wall of glass, it is called ‘tears’ or ‘legs’. If my memory is correct, if the tears of a wine is thick, then it contains a high level of alcohol and vice versa.

2) Swirl
– This is how you test how aromatic wine is – bring it to your chest then chin and finally to nose.
– Why swirl? It is not a gesture of pretentiousness or anything. It is just another way of inducing more flavor/aroma from a wine.

3) Snip
– This is how you experience the intensity of aroma – put your nose right into a glass and inhale so you can draw the aroma as much as you can.
– A wine has a strong aroma, it is called ‘floral wine’ or ‘perfumed’.
– A wine has a less strong aroma, it is called ‘neutral’ or ‘muted’.
– By the way, here is an important factor – not everyone’s nose is the same hence not everyone can recognize all types of aroma.
– Those people who cannot smell a particular element is called ‘anosmia’. Some have allergic reaction to certain aroma and they perceive differently.
– It is generally known that wine which has a strong aroma is usually ‘complex’ which means essentially there are more layers of flavors (e.g. Paddle Pop Rainbow ice cream).

Two more S’s to go – Sip and Savour. I will do them tomorrow morning.

About Brendon Cho

조후혁의 개인 블로그입니다. 1994년 18살때 호주로 부모님과 함께 이민을 왔고 2002년 통계학과를 졸업 한후 통신 회사 Exetel에 2004년 사원으로 입사, 2009년 최고재무관리자 (CFO)로 임명 그리고 2010년 MGSM에서 MBA를 수료 했고 지금 내부 감사장 (Head of Veracity)로 일하고 있습니다. 현재 3명의 자녀를 둔 아빠이고 시드니에서 살고 있으며, 클래식 음악과 글쓰기를 좋아합니다.
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