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Wine Tasting: A How-To

Written by Alesia Papastavros.

Wine—a staple of many diets since it first came onto the scene as early as 6000 B.C., is as much a taste test as it is a practice. Although fermenting grapes and adding yeast seems simple enough in order to make wine, the skill behind the production and tasting of the final product is a science in itself.

There are various stages that exist in order to taste and truly savor the flavor that comes from wine.

These are often known as the 5 S’s: see, swirl, sniff, sip and savor.

Beginning with the appearance of the wine itself, a wine, much like a diamond, needs to be examined first for color and clarity. Beyond red and white, there are is a large variety of colors in between—from maroon and purple hues for reds, to clear and yellow shades for whites. The clarity or opacity of the wine helps to tell the age. The older the wine, the more translucent it will be.