Wine tasting is an art that requires experience: a good knowledge of the right sequence of tasting will be useful for you to better appreciate each wine and enhance its flavor.
The choice of wines and the order in which they are served cannot be random: it is crucial to give you the chance to have an unforgettable tasting experience and to highlight the various flavors and aromas of the wines.
The fundamental rule for tasting that you should follow is to start with the lighter ones and gradually move on to the more full-bodied and structured ones.
It is important that the wine you have chosen does not overpower the flavor of the wines that are tasted afterwards: this way you can appreciate them all.
Take into account in the order of tasting also the alcohol content, the fruity notes, and the acidity.
My general advice is still to rely on the person managing the tasting and their knowledge of the products and the expertise brought to the event: there are no fixed rules but only suggestions that vary according to the needs of the situation.
Some tips you can follow to create the right sequence for tasting the selected wines
As a general rule, a good suggestion is to start with light, dry white or rosé wines, such as Chiaretto Classico, an easy-drinking wine. Then move on to more full-bodied, aromatic wines, such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chablis.
Although it usually does not fall into this category, our Chiaretto Còralin has precisely these characteristics of aromaticity and body that make it perfect to be included among other wines of this type, and at Marchesini in tasting we insert it before the Bardolino and Pinot Grigio. For this reason, as I said, it is right to know well all the wines that are presented.
You can use white, rosé, or light red wines to prepare the palate for the next tasting.
Light red wines are generally served after rosés, as they are more intense and have a more solid structure compared to the latter: they will help you prime the mouth for the more robust wines that will be served later. As I said, the Bardolino Classico is our exception.
Finally serve the strong and robust red wines: these wines are often the most intense and have a more complex structure compared to the previous wines.
They should generally be served at the end of the tasting since they can have a more persistent flavor and aroma and therefore affect the tasting of the subsequent wines.
I advise you to also take into account the environmental conditions during the tasting: it is necessary to avoid that the wines are too warm or too cold, as the temperature can affect their taste either enhancing or diminishing their hardness or softness, so correct storage is important.
You can also personalize the tasting sequence based on personal preferences and the theme of the tasting.
For example, if you are tasting a selection of wines from the same regions, you can organize the tasting in geographical order, or follow a chronological order based on the vintage of the wine.
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