One of the most important tools for wine tasting is your nose!!
Tongue and Aroma
What you inhale has a huge impact on what you can taste. To test this out, try holding your nose and putting a few drops of lemon juice on your tongue. You’ll experience the sensation of sourness – or acidity in wine terms – but you won’t be able to tell it is lemon juice until you release your nose. Go ahead and try!
Over time we have become very lazy with our sense of smell. So if you are aiming to taste wine more often, it’s a good idea to experience as many different aromas as possible. In this way you will begin to fill your “smell-recall memory”. Out for a walk? Smell the flowers, or the local bakery you are passing. At home, smell your hair and skin products; that glass of squash and a piece of cut fruit.
Once you are more comfortable picking out different scents, you’ll soon be able to pick them out in the wine you are tasting, whether that be a Cabernet Sauvignon that smells like blackcurrants or a passion fruit-scented Sauvignon Blanc.
Soon, wine will no longer just smell like wine!