How Can we Taste Wine?

10th November 2020


Wine is a combination of many factors like grape variety, sweetness level, and alcohol level. Different types of wine with different qualities are made throughout the world; they have various colors and tastes.

Rose wines may look similar in color, but they have different tastes. Wine will make you happy. Wine releases serotonin, dopamine, and opioid peptides into your brain. Chemically speaking, alcohol stimulates the release of many neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and opioid peptides. These natural chemicals in the brain will create pleasant sensations such as pleasure, reward, and well-being. If you practice moderate drinking, you will notice this chemical release every time you drink.

How can we taste wine?

There are four basic steps to taste the wine that can improve your wine palate. These are:


Check the color, viscosity, and capacity of wine. You need more than 5 sec to do this step. Looking at wine makes you want to drink it. A look at the wine reveals its taste and the ingredients it is made of. The wine’s color and opacity can give you indications such as your age, possible grape varieties, acidity, alcohol, sugar, and even the possible climate where the wine was grown. Red wines lose their color and become more transparent over time.


When you start smelling wine think about small things; it makes you feel better. The aroma of wine quenches. A single glass of wine contains hundreds of different compounds, which is why people smell so many different things. It’s easy to get lost in language, too, because we all express individual scents, but in slightly different ways. You can divide the wine nose into three types:

The primary aroma is derived from grapes and includes fruits, floral notes, and herbs.

Secondary aromas derived from yeast and the easiest to find in white wine, stale beer, and nut husk.

Tertiary aromas come from rusted nuts, old tobacco, cured leather, and coconut.


The taste is how we use our tongues to look at the wine, but also, once you swallow the wine, the smells can change because you are receiving them from retronasal. Our tongues can detect salty, sour, sweet, or bitter. All wines have something sour because grapes naturally contain some acid. It varies from climate to type of grape. Some varieties are known for their bitterness, and it appears as a light, pleasant tonic, watery type of flavor. Some white manual wines retain a small number of grape sugars and add a natural sweetness. You can never smell sweet because only your tongue can detect it. Finally, very few wines have a salty quality, but salty red and white are present in some rare instances.


In such a scenario, when you are blind to the taste of alcohol, you will use that moment to guess what the wine you are tasting is. Improve your skills. Host your tasting. When we taste it, we change the way we use it, activating our brains. That’s a good thing, my friend.

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