David Gianulias and How to Taste Wine

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Learning how to properly taste wine is one of the most significant aspects to enjoying a wine experience according to David Gianulias. As one of the family founders of the Levendi Winery in Napa Valley, California, this is a topic that he knows much about. Here he offers his own instructions for proper wine tasting.

Bottle of wine against lavender.
It is important to understand that the mannerisms and customs observed with tasting wine are not meant for show. Each of the four classic wine tasting steps has a purpose that is vital to the overall understanding of the wine that is being presented. When a waiter brings a bottle to be tasted, this is the chance one has to discern if the wine offered is appropriate and at its best for service.

One can tell a great deal just by looking at the color of the wine in their glass. A solid rule of thumb is that if the wine is cloudy or looks to be the wrong color, it should not be drunk. Hold the wine glass against a white backdrop to truly see the color of the wine. Reds that are a lighter color and have more of a brown hue are generally aged longer, while young reds are more purple.

The next step in the tasting process is to smell the wine, thus checking the bouquet. It is important to take a full breath when smelling the wine. If the aroma of the wine is pleasing, the wine will likely b pleasing as well explains David Gianulias.

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