Friends! If you remember, we were #MakingWineSense at the end of 2015. And guess what… we’re still #MakingWineSense here in 2016. Why? Because using our senses while drinking wine is super important! Yes, we can enjoy wine without looking at its color or smelling it before sipping. But doing so helps us enjoy that wine even more. And who doesn’t want a goal of enjoying wine more than we already enjoy it?!
If you missed the previous posts on this topic, you can see them here. If you’ve been tracking along with the posts (as spread out as they are), then you know that we’ve spent a good amount of blog time on using our sense of sight and sense of smell when wine tasting. And guess what… we’re still on smell. It’s THAT important that it requires THREE posts. (Or maybe I just like to dive into details.)
Swirling. It’s not just for wine snobbery! It actually helps. For both white and red wine, swirling the wine once poured in your glass is like a mini decanting session. You swirl to air it out. It’s sorta like opening the windows for the first time in the spring (or fall for us Arizonans). Think of that wine all corked up in that bottle for however many years (or even just one year) – it needs to be “opened” or allowed to “breathe”. Swirling allows the wine to suck in some oxygen. And when we allow it to do that, the wine gifts us some of its beautiful aromas. That’s when we stick our noses in the glass and breathe it in. And when we breathe in the aromas of the wine, that helps us taste the wine (as discussed in the previous smell posts).
Ok now – before we all get extra excited about practicing our swirling skills – be careful. There is no need to seem like a wine snob by aggressively swirling your wine for 10 minutes before taking a step. When you first crack open the bottle and pour a glass, swirl that juice around for maybe 10 seconds. If it is a really big red, maybe longer. Take a big sniff, and then enjoy. As long as the bottle is sitting open while you’re enjoying those glasses, you probably don’t need to swirl the wine around for the last glass in the bottle.
If you do want to seem extra snobby, go ahead and swirl for an annoyingly long time and be sure to stick your pinky out while holding the glass and sipping. That usually does the trick.