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Nowadays wines can be found in any supermarket or shop and can be produced in any country. But, not every country can produce some of the best wines nor any shop can sell some of the best wines either…
To choose a good wine it might be easy if the shop assistant has knowledge about wines, and the waiter can also recommend good wine for you too, however, selecting an excellent wine, only someone skilled can help you. For this reason, in this article, you are going to learn a lot about wines and what are the essential steps to follow in order to spot an excellent wine.
Let’s see what are the 5 steps you need to follow where choosing an excellent wine.
1. Balance: The first conditions that a good wine must meet is balance. Balance is the relationship between four essential elements of the wine: sweetness, acidity, tannin and alcohol. A wine is balanced when none of them predominates over another, that is, nothing stands out when tasting it, nor an aggressive tannin, nor an inadequate sweetness, nor an exaggerated acidity, nor an excessive alcoholic predominance. Most wines can seem balanced to many people, the secret to knowing if any element is out of place is to accompany the wine with food. Balanced wine perfectly accompanies most dishes. A game of strength is produced in wine: tannin and acidity are hardening elements, making the wine harder in the mouth, while alcohol and sugar are softening elements. The balance in the wine is, therefore, the interrelation between its hard and soft aspects, as well as a key indicator of its quality.
2. Length: Length is a term used to describe a wine across the entire palate. A wine of good length, or long, is the one that prints all its flavour on the tongue and oral cavity, it is intense, and its flavour lasts after having swallowed it. A short wine is one that makes a great impression at first but quickly loses intensity. Length is one of the safest and easiest elements to recognize the quality of a wine.
3. Depth: This is another subjective factor and an immeasurable high-quality attribute in wine. We say that a wine has depth when it is not flat in the mouth and one-dimensional on the palate but instead seems to have layers of flavour. A flat wine can never be a great wine. A flat wine graphically represents the wine that “tastes of nothing”, which reminds us more of drinking water than drinking wine. If the balance is the relationship between the main elements of the wine, depth is its presence. As we have seen, acidity, tannin, and alcohol must be in balance, but they must be. A wine without acidity, without tannin or with a low alcohol content will never be a great wine.
4. Complexity: There is nothing wrong with a correct, simple and direct wine. But wine that time later continues to reveal different things about itself will be much more interesting. A complex wine always reveals a new impression or a new flavour to each drink, and these wines are considered to be of better quality.
5. Character: A wine with character is one that, like people, reflects a personal characteristic, usually from the terroir. A wine with character reflects its marked typicity for its grape varieties, for its regions, for its aromas, for its minerality.
Now you know the 5 steps you need to learn if you would like to come skilled in wine and make sure to make the right choice while selecting your wine.
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The woman behind TheGastroMagazine, chief editor, food lover, polyglot, aviator and a globetrotter. Emma enjoys Moroccan, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Caribbean food a lot. Cheese & chocolate are her biggest addictions. However, she is really considering becoming Vegan one day.