Six Secrets to Wine Tasting

Although the act of wine tasting seems simple enough, a surprising amount of detail is necessary when pouring a glass of vino. And while we hope you’ve come a long way since those infamous boxed wine college binges, we understand if the concept of wine tasting is somewhat intimidating.

Earlier this week, New York City’s Puro Chile hosted an exclusive Perez Cruz winemaker tasting that including a sampling of seven Chilean red wines. Authors and self-proclaimed World Wine Guys Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen were present to provide tasters with a sneak peek into their newest book, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere: The Complete Guide.

Aside from a new affection for Chilean wine, we walked away from the tasting with much more than just red teeth. Here, Mike and Jeff share their six “Ss” of tasting wine:

(As an added bonus, our friends at Puro Wine created a discount code for The Nest readers. Just visit their website and enter “7777″ to receive a 15% on any of Puro Wine’s products!)

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Sight

Pick up the glass of wine and hold it against a white background. White wines should range from pale yellow green to golden amber. Red wines should range from light cherry red to deep inky purple. The wine should be clear an clean, not cloudy.
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Swirl

Swirl the wine in the glass to aerate the wine and release more of the bouquet and aroma.
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Smell

Put your nose into the glass and inhale deeply. The human nose can differentiate more than two hundred scents in wine, including citrus, flowers, dried cherry and fresh blackberries.
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Sip (our favorite part!)

Take a sip of the wine and let it linger in your mouth for a few moments. Think about what you taste. Is it sweet or acidic? What fruits do you taste? Is the aftertaste pleasant?
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Swallow & Savor

Swallow & Savor: Sit back for a moment and enjoy the wine. Wine is contemplative and communal, so talk to your friends to see what they tasted.
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The World Wine Guys

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