Wine tastings can be your training ground and your best way to learn wine so you can challenge the numbers of the experts. Some tastings showcase up to 200 wines and you have a splendid selection. Most wine tastings have a theme, such as a region or a grape variety. When you are at one of these tastings, take your time and don’t consume all the wines you sample. (Spitting is not only acceptable, but recommended).
For the serious taster, it’s good to have a routine so that all wines are examined with the same approach, i.e. number of swirls and steps that examine the color, the clarity, the aromas and their intensity, the tastes and the texture of the wine as well as its structure and finish. This is the only way to keep your evaluations without a bias caused by different examination systems.
Make notes of each wine and practice your sensory skills. Above all, concentrate, because the comments of others and the many distractions will keep disturbing your focus.
After the tasting, evaluate your notes and your emotional responses. If you need to make a choice, favor your emotional responses. Therefore, have a simple method, like writing an “E” which means my emotional responses were great. Price will play its role and your decisions are likely to be good.
The only thing to remember is that atmosphere and the effect of all the distractions can play havoc with your emotions and your concentration. A wine tasting is serious business for the wine lovers who are trying to enhance their skills. Keep your focus and take necessary breaks, if needed. Stress is your second enemy and you must take time to destress regularly during the tasting. Good success at the best training ground you may have. It can be an experience to enjoy as well as to educate.