More people than ever before are enjoying wine at home and in restaurants. The variety of wine available has expanded over the past few years. It was not many years ago that the average night out included a prawn cocktail a steak and a bottle of Blue Nun. There was safety in familiarity. Today more people want to learn about and enjoy wine.
By looking at the wine producing regions of the world, the complexity of wine becomes clear. Wine production is common in many countries around the world. The different climate and soil type affect the growth of the grapes, which along with different production processes produces different wine.
Does the wine label help us to understand what the wine will taste like? At face value, the label can identify the region of production, and in the case of new world wines, will inform you of the grape. There may be a guide to indicate if it sweet or dry.
When we talk of tasting the wine, the complexity deepens. Look at the wine, but what are we looking for? The next stage is to smell the wine, approximately 50% of the taste comes from the smell, but what are we trying to identify from the smell? It is now time to taste the wine with our tongues, we are all familiar with sweet or dry sensations, but there are other sensations that materialize with time as the wine contacts different parts of the mouth. Still confused, then the best option, if you want to learn how to taste wine, is to attend a wine tasting course in Paris (more information here). This will help to link the theory to real experience and put information into a structure that will be easier to remember.