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How to Do a Wine Tasting at Home: Put Your Cellar to Use

How to Do a Wine Tasting at Home: Selecting the Perfect Wines

If you're like most fine wine enthusiasts, your wine cellar is stocked with several luxury wines that are starting to be forgotten. Instead of letting those bottles collect dust, consider conducting a wine tasting at home. Not only will this be an enjoyable activity for you and your guests, but it'll also give you the chance to explore different styles of wine.

Here’s a guide on how to do a wine tasting at home.

How to Get Started

To get started, you'll need to gather a few supplies. This includes wine glasses, water glasses, a corkscrew, bottle openers, and note cards. Once you have everything assembled, it's time to choose your wines. When selecting wines for a tasting, it's crucial to choose different bottles in terms of grape variety, region, and price. This will help you learn more about the different characteristics of each wine.

Begin the Tasting

Once you've chosen your wines, it's time to start the tasting. Begin by pouring a small amount of each wine into each person's glass. Be sure to pour the same amount of each wine so that everyone has an equal chance to taste all the wines. Next, have everyone take a sip of each wine and discuss their thoughts on it. After everyone has had a chance to try all the wines, it's time to vote on your favorite.

Wine Tasting Etiquette

Now that you know how to conduct a wine tasting at home, it's essential to learn about the etiquette that goes along with it. Wine tastings are meant to be enjoyable, but they should also be taken seriously. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Be respectful of other people's opinions: Just because someone doesn't like the same wines as you doesn't mean they're wrong.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions: Wine tastings are meant to be educational, so don't hesitate to ask about the different wines you're tasting.

  • Spit out the wine after you taste it: Swishing the wine around in your mouth is fine but spitting it into the wine bucket ensures that you won't overindulge during the tasting.

  • Don't forget to clean your glass after each tasting: This will help you taste the next wine more accurately.

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