Wine tasting is personal and everyone has their preferences. What you may experience as far as taste and smell in a particular bottle of wine is probably different from the next person. The winery offering wine tasting understands this. They also know that people have their preferences when it comes to how they taste wine. Still, the techniques for the wine tasting experience is rather uniform. Consider the are the following:
Swirl the wine in the glass for a few seconds to allow oxygen to enter the wine. No matter how you swirl the wine, your technique is completing an important next step in the tasting process: getting more oxygen into the wine. as soon as a wine encounters oxygen, it gives off its aromas and also softens, allowing you to take in the full essence of the wine.
Hold the glass by the stem. Your wine is served at the perfect temperature, holding the bowl in your hands can warm up the wine and have a negative effect on its taste.
Stick your nose in the glass and inhale the aromas. Remember, you cannot taste what you cannot smell.
Take a sip and let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds to absorb the flavor. Some people actually “chew” the wine, which enhances the flavors.
You can choose to swallow it, or spit into the spittoon on the counter. Both options are acceptable. There is no high fashion technique here, just grab that bucket and spit it out. If you are a novice when it comes to wine tasting, that is all you need to know to get started. Spitting allows you to ample a greater number of wines without it going to your head. If you do not want to finish the glass, it is perfectly acceptable to dump the remainder of the glass in the bucket.
Walk around tasting
Beyond the tasting room, there is “Walk Around Tasting.” This is a combination of a winery tour, and a tasting. Typically, the host brings several bottles of wine on your tour. Perhaps you will all be lead to a garden area of the winery to sample the first round. Then you will continue on to another place in the winery to taste the next wine. This walking tour continues until all the wine has been tasted.
Barrel tasting is a unique experience that can also be part of a tour. This usually occurs where the aging barrels are kept. The winery guide takes a special siphon, called a "wine thief,” places it into an opening in the top of a barrel, and extracts tasting samples of a maturing wine. This type of tasting lets you sample the taste of select wines as it matures to its full potential.
Occult winery appointments
Some wineries are distinctly unique, producing rare quantities of exceptional wine. Cult wines are produced in quantities so small that the vineyard needs to know when guests are coming. Some wineries have set restrictions as to the number of guests that can visit each day. Others even provide private tastings on property, or that can be arranged in your home or locality of your choosing. You may need to plan early to schedule your visits because some of the more popular wineries fill up their appointments weeks or months in advance.
Ghost Horse Vineyard in St. Helena, Ca
Touring through Napa Valley is not complete without a visit to the Ghost Horse Vineyard, located in the Southeastern part of the Napa Valley, in St. Helena, CA up against the Vaca Mountain Range, home of some of the finest grapes in the world. The vineyard was planted in 1997 and has been owned by Todd Anderson, Celebrity winemaker of Ghost Horse wines at Ghost Horse World. Ghost Horse World is one of Napa Valley’s leading estates, and has become infamous the world over for the price and scarcity of its wines.
The vineyard produces 4 separate and distinct Cabernets. Each of the wines are 100% Cabernet. Part of what makes them distinct one from the other is that their fruit comes from a different part of the vineyard and each are produced by its own unique wine making techniques. Ghost Horse Wines, located in Ghost Horse World. Todd Anderson is one of Napa’s oldest Winemakers. He and his family have been making wine since 1983. The wines are highly acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, bearing an incredible intensity of sweet fruit and exceptional length. The wines are absolutely an Occult Wine Experience! Contact Amy Ash, their general manager, to schedule a private tour of the winery or for a dinner in your area.