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How to perform a tasting

How to perform a tasting
Tasting can be more than just drinking a glass of wine. When tasting wine, you will perceive a number of different sensations. To get the best out of the wine tasting experience, it is necessary to follow some essential rules. First, the glass should obviously be clean and without residual odors of detergent. Second, the type of glass is also important to better experience a Prosecco tasting. Generally for sparkling wines, the most youth glass is the flute. Who’s conformation or shape allows you to better appreciate the the perlage or fizziness of wine The narrow opening of the fluid, however, prevents the nose from feeling the aroma of the wine.
The best should be a mix between flute and cup and a specific glass with these characteristics has actually been designed for Prosecco tasting. But for a start, even a flute will do. So when you pour the wine into the glass, first observe the the foam formation If you can still recall, we talked about this in step 4.4, where we said that seeing the wine is part of experiencing its flavor. After a few seconds, look at the chain of bubbles starting from the bottom of the glass. These should be small and continued to form for several minutes. The bubbles act as a lift. The transports the aromas to the surface of the wine. Or they can be perceived by our nose.
The Prosecco wine should be served at 8-10 °C Because at high temperatures, the carbon dioxide will exit more. And then take a look at the clarity and the color. Prosecco should be pale yellow and without any haze The second step of Prosecco pasting involves the sense of smell. It’s the olfactory evaluation of the wine. Rotation of the glass of wine, (also known as swirling) will allow a better dispersion of the aroma compounds inside the glass before actually sniffing the wine. And take a few seconds to focus on the sensations you perceive and recognize the aromas.
It is quite difficult, especially at the beginning, to find out the specific aromas among all that are present in a glass of wine A training on the specific sensations as that proposed in the following step can be of great help. The final step in wine evaluation is, of course, the tasting. The first impact of Prosecco and the mouth is it’s crispness which shouldn’t be too invasive. Then you can perceive the freshness and the saltiness. And at the end, due to the retronasal perception, you can appreciate, again, the floral and fruity notes. The presence of residual sugars can affect the taste of Prosecco wine with increasing roundness, passing from brut to dry So give your Prosecco a taste. Cheers.

After watching the video on how to perform a tasting, do one yourself!

Buy a bottle of Prosecco (unless you already have one in your secret stash!) and taste the Prosecco, following the steps highlighted in the video.

To guide you in your tasting experience, fill out the tasting sheet (which you will find as a related file to this step).

If you can’t distinguish the different flavors, don’t fret! You can always go back to the previous steps to train yourself to have a nose for Prosecco wine.

Delight in every sip and become a Prosecco Pro!
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