Tips for a Great Wine Tasting Experience
It has to be said: whether you are a wine newbie or an experienced taster, wine tasting events are a fun way to learn about what you like and don’t like. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new wines without having to invest in a bottle if you don’t like it. If you think you might be needing more than a little help in your wine tasting experience (and how to make the best out of your Amsterdam holiday, which just happened to include a winery in your Amsterdam city trip), here are a few quick tips to assist you.
There are several ways to get the best out of your wine tasting.
First, you need to figure out (identify, really) what the format for the wine tasting is. There are different types of events; it may be a more informal walk-around tasting, where different wines are set around the room on tables for you to go and try. Others can be more structured. You might for example, be seated at a table with other tasters and the host will talk you through the wines in a specific order.
Second, even if this may sound surprising to you, it’s good if you take notes. How you make notes at a tasting event is completely up to you, but you should try to do it. After tasting several glasses of different wines, your memory can get a little hazy. A good way to judge a wine at a tasting is to give it a score out of 10. This should be based on appearance, smell, taste and an overall conclusion. Your notes only need to make sense to you, so don’t worry if they are all over the place to start with.
Don’t hinder yourself from trying something new. In wine as in life, you will need to become more embracing of newness and change. Chances are you will be tasting a wide variety of wines, both familiar and unfamiliar. If it’s a walk-around tasting with wines from different regions, check out your favourite wine but from a different country. Leave your misconceptions at the door and try a wine you think you’ll hate. Worst case scenario, you end up spitting, but, you never know, you could discover your new favourite wine.