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1. Allow Wines to Rest

Once you have poured wine into a glass, permit it to sit untouched for no less than 102 minutes prior to drinking. Wait until you notice that the tiny bubbles in the wine have disappeared.

Bubbles in wine are in fact CO2, a byproduct of fermentation that is so critical to wine making. Wineries often add CO2 to their products, as it has preservative properties. Liquid CO2 is referred to as Carbonic Acid. When wine is poured into a glass, small bubbles of CO2 become visible as they escape from the wine itself. This type of acid does not have a pleasant taste, so by waiting a short amount of time after pouring to drink the wine, its taste will be far more appealing. Aeration such as this serves to eliminate excess CO2 from wines.

2. Coating Your Wine Glasses

Modern wines tend to contain a greater proportion of alcohol than many of their predecessors, and thus it is important to minimize the sensation of a highly alcoholic beverage when enjoying a glass. Heavy presence of alcohol can inhibit the flavors of a wine. Though wine authorities may instruct drinkers to swirl their wine in order to release a range of aromas, the first scent to be released when this is done is that of alcohol. The pungent, medicinal flavor that is sure to emerge can negatively impact the wine’s other tastes.

A better recommendation is not to swirl the wine, but rather to use a rotating wrist motion to coat the inside of the glass with the liquid. As the inside surface of the glass becomes coated with wine, the numerous flavor notes will gain prominence and result in a more pleasurable experience.

3. Colder is Often Better

Rather than keeping and serving wine at the typically suggested 62 degrees, try holding and drinking wine at 55 degrees instead. Reducing the temperature will help ameliorate the alcoholic flavor traits of wine. As the liquid gradually begins to warm to 62 degrees, try to keep it from getting much warmer, so that alcoholic aromas are minimized and oxidation is kept at bay.

4. Ideal Wine Glass Size

It is important to realize that adding 5 ounces of wine into a glass with 30 ounce capacity will create a much richer experience than putting the same amount into a 12-50 ounce glass. The greater space available in the larger glass will permit aromas to emerge more powerfully, whereas the smaller glass will foster escape of those same coveted scents and flavors.

5. Enhancing the Overall Experience of Wine

The way in which we think about drinking wine can be almost as crucial as the particular wine we select. It is possible to boost our own perception of a given wine just by elevating its importance. Enjoying the ceremony and pageantry of consuming wine can bring the entire experience to a new level. Wine served in elegant stemware just seems to taste better than if it were poured into everyday tumblers. The mental aspect of enjoying wine must never be overlooked, and it is vital to provide a fitting aesthetic environment in which to appreciate it.

Much in the same way a fine meal served in a shabbily appointed room would likely taste a bit off, wine not afforded its due in the way of glassware or ambiance will similarly lose its cache. Taking the time and effort to ensure a fully-formed wine drinking experience will pay dividends not only when it comes to flavor, but will also lay the foundation for a hobby that can be enjoyed for years to come.

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