Tasting Wine for the First Time

Developing Your Palate for Wine


What do you call your first time to taste wine?  The defining moment? Or the long, love affair that has brewed over years? Either way, most people could probably tell a story about when they first became aware of that ‘something special’ with the vino they were sipping. The fact is this:  wine emulates flavors and aromas that exist outside the humble grape.

Ever heard someone say that a red wine has ‘black cherry undertones’ or ‘a hint dark chocolate’? They are right, for the most part. Dark chocolate for example, has some very unique chemical compounds which make it taste and smell the way it does. These same chemical compounds are present in some wines and you can, in truth, taste them and smell them. Accepting that it is not the equivalent of having a piece of chocolate in your mouth is also important for beginners to understand.



There are things you can do so that the first time isn’t too overwhelming.


There are several steps which you can try if you want to get the best out of your wine experience. You can think of your first experience to shop online, and you had to make the best out of your shopping experience through getting the right promo codes. The first step to develop your palate for wine is this: take it slow. This slow savoring where you let your senses take over is how you can bump up your skill at tasting wine. It takes time to determine the nuances of a wine and your brains achieve a higher level of analytical thinking when you slow down.

You can also try this out: Look, then smell, then taste. The look is not as important as the smell, however both play a large role in your perception of a wine before it even touches your lips. You can test this theory by blindfolding a friend and giving them a room temperature white Rioja (a bolder white wine from Spain); you can trick them into thinking it’s a red wine. If you remove your nose from sensing a wine it’s very difficult to taste anything but the texture of a wine.