Wine Tasting Etiquette

Wine Tasting Etiquette

Drinking wine as an enthusiast or somebody’s who enjoys a glass or two is a journey  that you’ll have to partake as a wine drinker. You may be new to wine and want to learn all that you can about wine, without further ado, we can talk wine terms later but one important lesson is wine testing! California Wines by Rose is going to share wine tasting tips as practiced by the pros and it can be a great way to refine your palate.

Now that we’re going to do some wine tasting, you’re doing to need the right glass to do the job.  Wineware varies, but a good wine glass should be clear so you have look at the wine you’re tasting and the colour. The stem of a wine glass should also be long with a thin rim and big enough for you to swirl the wine. If your tasting champagne or sparkling wine, a flute glass is the best fit.

Let’s get tasting! Here are the four important steps for wine tasting:


Begin by holding your wine by the stem and the wine glass against a white background to judge the colour and clarity of the wine. You’ve often seen sommelier doing this and this helps determine the colour of wine. Judging by the wine colour you can tell if its a red, white or rose wine. Red wines tend to be darker and the colour changes with age, whereas white wines have hues of golden yellow and tend to get dark with age.


Then next thing you need to do is swirl the wine, this aerates the wine and releases aromas. Studies have also show that some wines tend to be dry for the consumer’s taste due to the tannic acids so swirling the glass draws oxygen from the air into the wine. You don’t need to swirl like a maniac, just a swirl a little to release those aromas as you prepare to take you’re sip.


You need to smell the aromas in the wine, place your nose in the glass and take a few deep breaths.Wine aromas are influenced by the grape variety in the wine, the vineyard location and the process in making the wine. You’ll find that older wines don’t have a pronounced aroma as young wines. You need to pay attention to your glass and what aromas you can pick up, here are some tips of aromas :Primary aromas are grape-derivative and include fruits, herbs, and floral notes. Secondary Aromas come from the winemaking practices. The most common aromas are yeast-derivative and are most easy to spot in white wines: cheese rind, nut husk (almond, peanut), or stale beer. And lastly, tertiary Aromas come from aging, usually in bottle, or possibly in oak. 


Now you can taste the wine, the most common mistake in wine tasting is jumping all the above steps and tasting first. As you’re tasting the wine can you also tell the texture of the wine? Is it full bodied or medium bodied? The key steps in tasting wine include taste, texture and length. These are a few of the questions you need to determine as you’re tasting the wine. Red wines tend to the full bodied where as white wines are lighter, you need to ask yourself about the particular wine you’re tasting if it embodied what the winemaker set out to achieve. There’s a beginning in wine tasting, a middle and and end and finally you need to conclude about the wine.

The most important part of wine tasting is to enjoy the process and ponder upon the wine during the wine tasting process. Did you enjoy the wine? Was it flavourful, this can be a great activity for you and your friends.

We’ve done enough tasting, pour a glass and relax and the next time you go for a wine tasting event or hosting a few people home for wine, act like the pro you are!

California Wines by Rose has a dedicated wine team that are able to help you learn more about wine. We’ll be introducing our wine tasting series in our store, this is where you can learn and enjoy wine.

Visit our shop at KENRAIL Towers, M3, Westlands, to buy yourself a bottle of wine.