Some people seem kind of nervous when they visit our tasting room for the first time. They may think that tasting wine requires specials skills, knowledge, or etiquette of some kind. So to put you at ease before your visit, we’ll spell out exactly what you can expect during a wine tasting at Greenvale Vineyards.
First, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly tasting room hostesses, maybe Rena, Tracey or Nancy, the owner of Greenvale. She’ll hand you a list that describes each of Greenvale’s wines. The wines are listed in the order in which we recommend them to be sampled. The reason is this: the tasting order has a great impact on your impression of the wine’s flavor. For example, if you sample a sweet wine before a dry variety, it can make the dry wine seem more acidic. In general, you’ll want to taste white wines first, and then red, which are more robust and rich.
Observe the aroma.
You’ll be presented with a wine glass, and your hostess will pour about 2 ounces of the first variety into it. As you’re reading the description and listening to her describe the wine you can gently swirl it around in your glass. This will help release its fragrance. Next, lift the glass up to your nose and consider the scent. Does it have a floral aroma? Maybe a hint of spice or smoke? Don’t feel like you need to identify each note in the wine. We promise there is no quiz! The main thing to consider is whether you find the scent pleasing. This is a big indicator of whether you’ll enjoy the wine.
The next step is to take a sip. If you’d like, swirl the wine around in your mouth a little. This exposes it to your taste buds and gives you a better sense of its flavor. Is the wine fruity? Is it sweet, or dry? Again, these questions don’t need to be answered in specific, they are just meant to guide your thinking.
What’s that bucket for?
You will notice a bucket on the tasting table. If the wine is not your favorite, or you would rather not drink the whole sample, simply pour the rest into this bucket. That’s what it’s there for!
Remember that this is an interactive and fun experience. It’s not meant to be intimidating. Enjoy yourself! Chat with fellow tasters and ask the hostess your questions. She can provide insight and interesting facts to enhance your experience.
Congrats! You have now completed your tasting. Hopefully you have learned more about what you like and dislike in a wine and found a favorite to take home with you.
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