Wine Tasting For Beginners - First Step “SIGHT”

We talk wine tasting, the art of wine and some keys in giving your wine a proper look video as well hope you enjoy.

There is an art and also science found in Wine. From the Balkans, Greece, through the Roman and World Wars and into California, Wine has a remarkable history and dedicated consumer base that takes pride in the fermentation of carefully farmed grapes.

Each wine bottle has a story in the bottle, a farmer who carefully watered, and tilled their soil, as well as finding ways to protect their vines from rodents and their grapes from birds or natures fury. The winemaker involved in carefully balancing the ph, sugar and titratable acidity, leaves his character and experience in the Wine created. Each bottle has a story, and this story begins to reveal itself as soon as the cork no longer defends from oxygen. There is a way of examining this story, a form of understanding the vintage the weather and soil, the hard work or lack of will find its way through your senses. This examination is known as deductive tasting, and we hope to share what we know so you can enjoy that story each time you remove the cork.

A while back, I was telling a friend one of my goals was to one day have enough money to tell our story in a Super Bowl Commercial. To visually show Margaux and her friends working hard and later that night, celebrating the day's struggles via exceptional cinematography is something I want people to see. My friend questioned the target audience watching the SuperBowl and thought it might lead to misappropriating funds.

"They are more of a beer drinking crowd," he said, and I sat back agreed, but it has been in my mind for some time.

I love Wine, but I'm a beer lover as well. I love Wine, but I'm not very cultured. I was born in Juarez, Mexico, my family drank Tequilla, Tecate, and they would occasionally fix a clamato, lime, salt, chile, and light beer mix known as a Michelada. I never drank Wine, not once when we all drove to Juarez for the drink and drown nights at 16 years old, nor did I ever drink Wine in the Marine Corps. I took a 3-year break from alcohol in College, no partying, no drinking, only work, and all the college credits I had to for each semester.

Lots of Coffee, so I never drank Wine in College.

Then as a murse (man + nurse) I traveled the country, I met a lot of people and hung out with both doctors and nurses a lot, outside of work and during social hours, some drank Wine but I still only drank beer. I was the Sunday loyal, who watched football, drank beer and couldn't wait for the SuperBowl.

Now I love Wine! I fell in love with it because a girl liked it and she made dinner, and this dinner came with only Wine. So you do what most people do when they are getting to know the other person on the other side of the table. You smile, you drink, you talk and then realize the Wine is better than the dinner or company and you start to give the Wine another thought.

I ordered more Wine; I even felt brave enough to order it at a restaurant one day. I felt awkward when the server brought the Wine out poured a small amount and then stared at me. I said it was good; he then poured the right amount to everyone else at the table. At that moment in my life, all I knew it was a "cab" and "cabs" go well with steaks. That's what a friend of mine who loves Wine told me, so that is what I ordered.

A lot of research and development the last 15 years has taken place, lots of reading, tasting, and winemaking somehow grabbed the attention of the kid from Juarez. I have pruned the vines, tilled the soil, harvested, destemmed the grapes, punched down the fermentation, and bottled the Wine after it aged. I've learned about the farming, the branding, and the art of the Wine, and to help you all learn about wine Margaux will be teaching some lessons we picked up from Master Sommelier Jason Smith.

We will release the videos on Wine Wednesday's.

We hope you enjoy today we talk about, 'SIGHT."

Key Points

  1. Look at the Color. Colors of Wine can begin to tell you the varietal. It can also tell you the age of the Wine. Is it Red Ruby Garnett or purple, or maybe if you are a beginner in Wine Tasting, ask is this a dark Wine or light Wine. You will drink more Wine, and you will see the colors vary.

    White has its characteristics you will learn to value as does Red Wine.

  2. Is there another color in the Wine, can you see silver or green in your White Wine, or is there a blue orange or brown tinge in the "RED?"

  3. Is there rim variation when you tilt the Wine. You will see a cone in the glass, does this cone have different tones. Older Wines tend to show rim variation, while younger adolescent wines may have a lighter rim.

  4. Is the Wine showing staining? Margaux covers this well in the video; this can tell you the age of the Wine or more about the choices made by the winemaker.

  5. How thick are the legs, also known as tearing? You notice as the Wine slides down the glass, a residual viscosity appears to be present. A thicker leg has the appearance of syrup. Typically the more viscous the legs, the higher the alcohol content. Sun and Carbon Dioxide create sugar through photosynthesis, the more sun, the more sugar the grape will contain. The higher the sugar at the time of picking the higher alcohol content will produce through fermentation.

  6. Inspect for gas, sediment, notice if the Wine is clear or hazy.

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