Mohsen Azizsoltani, Lecturer, UNLV Hotel College
Gloria Frazee, Director, Wine Spectator School
Something about smelling the cork and then letting the wine breathe. And that's all you know. That's OK. Gloria Frazee, Director of the Wine Spectator School, shared four easy-to-remember steps that will soon have you sipping like an oenophile and getting the most out of each glass.
“Basically what that does is as you swirl the wine, that increases the rate at which the alcohol evaporates. And as the alcohol evaporates into the air, it carries the scent that is trapped in the liquid into the air, so you can actually smell it.”
“Put your nose on the rim of the glass and take a couple of deep sniffs so you can sense – is it really intensely aromatic or does it not have much aroma? Is it really fruity or does it just have a little bit of fruit aroma? Does it have lots of fruit aromas coming to your nose like – white wines have aromas of pale fruits such as apples, pears, and citrus fruits. Red wines have aromas of red-fleshed fruits such as cherries, plums and blackberries.”
“Take a sip and swish it around your mouth - you’re getting the wine to hit all your taste buds so you really get the most palate impression out of that wine and then sip.”
“Pay attention to how your mouth feels. Is it refreshed? Is it smooth and silky? Was the wine really rich and thick in your mouth?”