The journey to discover wine tasting begins in the glass.
Already at first sight the wine speaks of itself, of its history. It’s like the first encounter with a handsome stranger. I do not know who he is, but his look is familiar to me and, at first sight, I can make assumptions.
Firstly I should check if my wine has an attractive, bright and pleasant color. A little dull or matt color can be a warning, because it indicates oxidation: my wine may have been improperly stored or it have reached the end of its history. When I am at the restaurant, if I am served with a wine whose color is bad, I should check immediately its scent and, often, I do not even need to taste it to send it back firmly.
Swirling the glass, the wine creates tears and arches, that give us some information on the texture of the wine. An aged wine, that is a bit denser, will leave thick, viscous streaks (called legs or tears) down the sides of the glass when swirled. When the tears are slow and the arches are thick and tight , the wine has a great texture.
However, if the tears are fast and the arches are wide, such as with still water, probably the wine is young and has not been stored in barrel.
In the next post I will talk about which information provides the color of the wine during the visual examination.