Date PostedOctober 9, 2018

How You Should Be Drinking Wine According to a Sommelier

Although wine is Australia’s second favourite tipple, after beer, it can be intimidating for some people because of all the “rules” that seem to surround it.

Wine can be an investment, so knowing where to spend your money, what you should be looking for and how to drink it correctly can be enough to drive anyone to ditch the wine altogether and opt for something else.

But a recent article on broke down the 5 S’s of Wine Tasting, giving a better understanding on how we should be doing it.

1. See – look at the colour. This can be done by holding the glass up against a backdrop at a 45 degree angle. Pinot Noir is the only wine that should be showing a blue rim variation.

2. Swirl – Swirling wine is to get out the aromas more than just to look like you’re fancy.

3. Smell – Look at an aroma wheel to help you determine where your senses of smell and taste are lacking and where they are strong.

4. Sip – The fun part – tasting the wine.

4. Spit or swallow – The only reason you have to spit out good wine is if its gone bad otherwise feel free to swallow every time.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course.Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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