Do I swirl my wine once or every time I'm going to drink ?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Swirling gives the wine some air. Some wines need a lot more air than others. If after the first few swirls the wine still needs more air just leave it out for awhile. It might seem a little strange if you swirl it everytime you drink.

  • 10 years ago

    Swirling of the wine is only done as part of the tasting process. It lets the wine breathe a bit and warms it up a bit on the side of the glass to release the aromas.

    When tasting wine, you first look at the cork to make sure it's not stained all along the side. This indicates that the seal broke and the wine may have become tainted. Next, look at it in the glass from the side to see how clear it is (it should not be cloudy and there should be no sediments). You then swirl it for about 10 seconds, and then stick your nose fully into the glass and deeply inhale the aroma. You then ponder the smell for a bit, and then take a small sip that you bounce around on your palate (near the back of your tongue) to get the full flavor of the wine.

    If you like it, you tell the server that the wine is good and they fill your glass. You then drink it normally. Also, try to avoid holding the glass by the body. Use the stem instead. This prevents your body heat from transferring through the glass and warming the wine (it's why wine is served in stemmed glasses).

    BTW - When tasting wine, never smell the cork. This is a very amateur move. It tells you nothing and just smells like a wet cork.

  • 10 years ago

    The only reason to swirl your wine is because the wine was poured before it had time to breathe after it was opened. Once you've been poured a glass, you can swirl it to aerate it a bit, but by the time you're having a second glass, the wine has had time to breathe and you don't need to swirl it any longer

    By the way, when you swirl the wine you'll also want then to tilt the glass and level it again to see the "legs", the wine as it glides back down the glass and how many and how fast they go

    Smell the wine and then taste, taking in some air to get the full flavor


  • 10 years ago

    just let the wine breathe prior to pouring saves hassle.

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  • 10 years ago

    Once, then smell it

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