Top wine tasting tips

Apr 05, 2024

On all of our pack-free guided walks we pride ourselves on the quality boutique wines we offer our clients – from classy Tassie pinots to timeless Clare Valley chardonnays you’ll experience the best local wines on offer.



However wine tasting is not the same as drinking it. To experience the true flavour of a wine requires that you pay attention to your senses.

Sight: Tilt the wine in the glass and look at it. Is it clear or cloudy? The colour will vary according to the wine. A merlot is usually an intense ruby red while a cab sav is a darker, deeper red. As a red wine ages, you will see hints of reddish-brown around the edges. White wines become more golden as they age.


Smell: Swirl the wine in the glass. As the wine coats the sides of the glass, it releases its bouquet. Try to detect the full range of scents from berry to floral to spicy to woody. Consider intensity and appeal.



Touch: The touch is the feel of the wine on your tongue. Is it soft or brisk? Does it have a refreshing zing around the edges of your tongue? Tannins (used in red wines to keep them from spoiling) will feel prickly on your tongue.


Taste: Take a small amount in your mouth, swirl it so all your tastebuds are exposed. Does the wine taste the same as its aroma? Is it sweet, acidic, crisp? Is it light or full-bodied? You can either spit it out or drink it, but be sure to experience the aftertaste. What is the memory of the wine on your palate?

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