There is no definitive set of questions or phrases to use/say during a wine tasting. Instead you should approach a wine tasting party with an open-mind and a thirst for knowledge. We know for beginners the thought of a wine tasting session with experts, either side of you, can be daunting and often overwhelming.
The best way to learn about wine is to taste it and then ask the questions that first spring to mind, even if they sound obvious. Wine tastings are fundamentally about sharing knowledge and enjoying wines. Above all else they are lots of fun!
So whether you are unsure about what temperature to serve a bottle of red or what the wine’s ‘legs’ means, remember our simple motto: take a sip of wine and ask away. In fact, guides at vineyards or those hosting a wine tasting party like to be challenged.
Winery trips are extremely worthwhile and if you get the chance, go on one! It is a great way to learn about wine as well as the winery’s business. Here are a few questions you may find yourself asking (if you can tear yourself away from the wines):
- What kinds of varietals are grown at this winery? Which are most popular in the local area?
- What have been the best vintages?
- What is the winery’s volume of production? The answer will generally surprise people!
Learning about wine is an on-going experience and it cannot be answered or covered in a few hours or by a couple of quick fire questions. Enjoy yourself and be curious, this is the best way to enjoy your wine tasting.
We suggest hosting your own wine tasting party at home as this can open up a whole world of wines (literally) and is an extremely enjoyable evening with a close group of friends. See our ‘Wine Tasting Party at Home Guide’ for more information.
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