Smelling Wine - Nose, Smell, Aroma Hot

Smelling Wine - Nose, Smell, Aroma
Smelling Wine for Aromas
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Many people underestimate the importance of smell when it comes to taste, but when you lose your smell due to a cold you also lose much of your ability to taste. Wines are filled with aromatic compounds that determine much of the complexity of the wine's ultimate taste, so before you drink any wine you should take the time to breathe it in deeply first. Once you understand what your wine really smells like, you'll better understand what it tastes like when it's in your mouth.

To Smell or Not to Smell

Although you are definitely smelling wine in order to ascertain what sort of smell or odor it has, those words "smell" and "odor" have negative connotations so they are not used quite so much by wine experts. You are much more likely to see people talking about a wine's "nose" when discussing what it smell's like. There was a time when "bouquet" was the favored term, but it's fallen out of favor.

Wine Smelling Ritual

The process of smelling wine has become almost a ritual among people who understand how to best entice as much aromatic compounds as possible to rise up out of the wine. The first step is to fill your glass no more than a third to half full, then swirl the wine around in your glass three or four times.

This briefly increases the surface area of the wine which, combined with the energy of the movement promotes quicker evaporation into the surrounding air. If you have the correct sort of glass — bulging outward at the bottom and narrow at the top, the aroma-bearing chemicals will be trapped in the glass above your wine.

Quickly bring your glass to your face and put your nose down into it, breathing in deeply. You may want to do it a couple of times, but after you smell the wine it's time to use your imagination to describe what you think the wine smells like. Does it remind you of lemon or blackberry? Is it more oaky or grassy?

Sometimes you'll come across a wine that just smells bad. This is of course one of the reasons for carefully smelling wine before drinking it — although the wine might not make you sick, why drink something that smells horrible? At the other end of the spectrum is wine that smells so good that the anticipation of tasting it is heightened. {module [37]}


What You Smell & How To Smell It

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