This is the best advice I have read, seen or heard on tasting wine. A quick exercise in wine tasting was given to me by wine educator and sommelier, Pascal Wagner. Pascal has been living in Burgundy for the past 18 years. Janelle and I are visiting France along with Vintage Wine Taster Ray and his wife. We are visiting the Burgundy wine region and the Loire Valley for one week each, followed by a few days in Paris before heading home. In Burgundy, we are renting a home in the village of Puligny Montrachet. The owner of the home recommended Pascal Wagner as a tour guide. We hired Pascal for one day to give us a complete introduction to the wines of Burgundy. This man lives and breathes Burgundy. In the caves of the Domaine Patriarche, we are presented with ten wines from Burgundy to taste and explore. The wines are mostly Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. Before we begin, we learn from the master on how to taste wine.
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A quick guide to tasting wine like a Burgundian
A few points on wine tasting mentioned by Pascal
- Chew the wine as you would chew food
- Breathe while you taste wine, opening your nose and mouth
- Take only three seconds to taste the wine in your mouth
- Swallow a small amount at a time, each second for 3 seconds
- Let the wine drip down your throat to get the finish of the wine
- Make sure the wine gets all around your mouth and, after you swallow, continue to chew to get your saliva working on what is left