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- Don't overfill your glass. There is a reason why you are often served wine in large glasses when they only fill it by about a third.
- Tilt the glass against a white or light surface to take a look at the color.
- Swirl the wine around to release the flavor. 'Professionals' swirl the glass in their hand, but this can be difficult for beginners. Instead, put the glass on the table and move it (the glass, not the table) in a circular motion. The table gives you more control, making you less likely to spill the wine.
- Smell the wine. You often hear people tasting wine making unpleasant snorting noises when sniffing their wine. This is because the smell receptors are at the top of your nose - to get a real smell of the wine, it is important to sniff hard.
- Drink! Take a little wine into your mouth and appreciate the taste of the wine. There are two methods of getting the most out of the taste of your wine.
- Many wine drinkers swish the wine around their mouth, like mouthwash. But for others, this gives too much of a taste of alcohol and not enough taste of the actual wine.
- The other way is to suck air into your mouth. As the air passes over the wine, you get a stronger sense of the flavor. Be careful, its easy for the wine to go down the wrong way!