Wine is not just an alcoholic beverage - it is an experience. That being said, for a long time, wine and wine tasting has been put on a pedestal as something luxurious and fancy. Wine tastings are often guided by seasoned sommeliers who will tell you everything from how the wine has notes of white ribs spring buds, to which direction is the wind blowing from in the vineyard. While all of that is nice, we often lose the point of the wine tasting which is, of course, the wine itself. In today's article we will debunk some of the myths about wine and wine tasting and bring wine back down to planet Earth.
New glass for each wine?
Often, especially at the wine tastings in restaurant, you will see multiple glasses lined up in front of you. While it looks nice on the pictures, in most cases it is not necessary. If the tasting is structured properly you should be fine with one or two glasses. Switching glasses is only necessary if you are going through a vertical tasting (tasting same wine over multiple vintages) or if your wines are generally strong and can overpower each other.
Cork vs. Screw cap
Wine that is sealed with a screw cap is not necessarily worse than the one with the cork. Cork, especially the proper one made from cork oak are rather expensive (around 0,30€ per piece) which in turn increases the price of wine. Cork is not a solid piece of wood. Thanks to its micro-pores, tiny amounts of oxygen get into a bottle which causes aging. Some wines are not made for aging which means that use of cork is a waste of resources. Screw cap seals the wine completely and if done properly, the wine will taste more-or-less the same in a few years.
Smelling the cork
Waiters often smell the cork after opening a bottle to find out if there is something wrong with the wine. It takes years of practice to train your sense of smell to detect errors in wine. Even after you train yourself to do so, you can only detect the very heavy damage to the wine. The best way to check if everything is OK is to pour it in the glass, twirl it, smell it and taste it. Else it becomes just a pretentious gesture.
So what does matter?
Once again, wine is not just an alcoholic beverage, it is an experience. What matters in the end is the overall experience that you get from the wine tasting which is a combination of several factors. Color, smell, taste are significant, but the atmosphere your wine guide creates along with the people you are tasting the wine with, are important for the complete package.
At our Sanitra Wine tastings, we take a down-to-earth approach. We provide all the participants with relevant information about the wines they are drinking while keeping a very relaxed approach with a goal to create a cozy and enjoyable wine tasting experience.
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