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Beginners Guide To Tasting Wine

Oak Liquor Cabinet, your neighborhood liquor store features wine tastings every single Friday. Many of our customers enjoy these wine tastings, but many more shy away from trying these wine samples, due to being new to wine tasting. If you are new to the world of wine tasting, trust me when I say that learning how to taste wine properly is no different than learning how to appreciate fine arts or music. Wine may be complex, more complex than most people realize, but the complexity is in the grapes, vintage, region the wine is from, and other aspects, and not so much in learning how to taste and pair your wines.

The key to an enjoyable wine tasting is to fine tune your sensory abilities. Doing so will allow you to better grasp the nuances and fine details of any great wine offered for sampling or tasting at our fun wine tastings at your neighborhood liquor store. Training your palate will take time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it, not to mention very very fun.

One key to wine tasting is your nose. How does the nose effect your ability to taste wine? Well the answer is simple, but first I would invite you to take a sip of wine, while holding your nose closed. You will likely very quickly take notice that the wines taste is very muted. Our nose has the same sensory abilities as our tongues do, and if you can smell something you are in fact in a way tasting it. When people take in the scent of a wine they are learning how to isolate various flavors in the wine. Inhaling a wines nose will let you see how a wines flavors unfold, how they interact with each other, and it will also highlight other flavors once the wine hits your tongue.

When sampling any wine at Oak Liquor Cabinet, your neighborhood liquor store, try to focus on the wine, from the moment you inhale its aroma, to the moment it hits your tongue, and even afterwards in whats known as the wines “finish” that second or two after the wine has left your tongue. Shutting out any distractions and clutter in your mind and instead focusing on each scent and taste will help you to appreciate the wines appearance, scents, flavors and finish.

We hope that this will help you to further love and appreciate wine, and invite you to come every Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM for a wine tasting.

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