Don't be intimidated by
a lack of knowledge about wines or myths
you may have heard about Wine tasting. The
true goal of wine tasting is to enjoy yourself
as you experience wines
with all your senses so that you may reap the
full enjoyment and, in the process, discover new
wines that appeal to you.
You don't have to be an
expert or even know any wine terminology to
enjoy a wine tasting and offer your opinions.
We welcome novices and experts alike to
participate in enjoyable and informative
discussions of the wines.
The more different wines
you try, and the more attention you pay to each
wine, the better you will become at ascertaining
and describing each wine's characteristics and
learning which wines you most enjoy.
And, since everyone's
tastes are different, never hesitate to spit out
a wine you do not care for. It is
perfectly acceptable and, at formal tastings
where dozens of wines may be sampled, it is
Come in, sit down and discover new
wines, new friends.
for groups of 7 or more. Private group
tasting during non-public hours available on
limited basis. Please reserve private parties early
to avoid disappointment.
Rule 1 - Enjoy. Take a deep breath
and open your mind to the world of wines
that awaits you. Enjoy the
Rule 2 - Relax.
You're with friends. And don't hesitate
to ask questions.
Rule 3 - Don't worry.
Remember rule one - enjoy. At Copp Winery, we will help you each
step of the way so you can awaken your
senses while you discover what
you like or dislike about a wine.
Three simple steps for wine tasting:
Step 1 - Look at the wine.
Why? To examine the color.
Is it clear or hazy, transparent or
opaque? White wines may range from green
to yellow to brown. More color in a
white wine usually indicates more flavor
and age, although a brown wine may have
gone bad. Where as time improves many
red wines, it ruins most white wines.
Red wines are not just red; they range
from a pale red to a deep brown red,
usually becoming lighter in color as
they age. Tilt the glass slightly
and look at the edge ("rim") of a red
wine. A purple tint may indicate youth
while orange to brown indicates
maturity. Swirl the wine to
observe the body of the wine. "Good
legs" may indicate a thicker body and a
higher alcohol content and/or sweetness
Step 2 - Smell.
Why? To contemplate the aroma.
Much of what we think is taste really
comes through our noses. Swirl the
wine, exposing it to more oxygen, to release molecules in the wine
allowing you to smell the aroma (or
"bouquet" or "nose"). Take one deep whiff or
take a quick whiff, form an initial
impression, then take a second deeper
whiff . What did you smell?
Take your time. For novices, it
may be difficult to describe in words,
but after trying many wines you will
notice similarities and differences.
Sometimes a certain smell will be very
strong with underlying hints of other
smells. The scents of wine come
from several sources. The fruity smell
of young wines comes directly from the
grapes, with woody and other organic
aromas added if the wine was aged in
oak. Fine, aged wines add the most
complex (and sometimes un-winelike)
scents as the result of gradual
chemical reactions in the wine.
Step 3 - Taste.
While you won't ask why, there is a how.
The initial taste will give the first
impression. Savor the taste, sloshing
the wine around in your mouth and draw
in some air, feeling the body and
texture of the wine. Is it light or
rich? Smooth or harsh? Aftertaste: The
taste that remains in your mouth after
you have swallowed the wine is also
referred to as a wine's "finish". How
long did the taste last? Was it
pleasant? The most important
quality of a wine is its balance between
sweetness and acidity. After
tasting the wine, take a moment to value
its overall flavor and balance. Is the
taste appropriate for that type of wine?
The more different wines you try, and
the more attention you pay to each wine,
the better you will become at
ascertaining and describing each wine's
Stop in for an affordable and enjoyable wine
tasting. Enjoy tasting and discovering new
and different wines
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