How many times have you seen sommeliers and wine enthusiasts spin the
wine in glasses We explain why!!
Swirling the wine in the glass, an iconic gesture of sommeliers and a very common practice among winelovers, is not a gesture that only serves to make a scene. Behind this movement, there are serious and important reasons that serve to guarantee a correct wine tasting.
So, we want to explain how, when and why the wine is swirled inside the glass, to avoid ruining a good bottle of wine and its flavor. The rotation of the glass serves to oxygenate the wine, so we will use this gesture when we have in the glass a wine that has been closed in the bottle for a long time, such as the Riserva wines Taurasi or Greco di Tufo.
The contact with oxygen, thanks to the rotation of the glass, will serve to open the aromatic bouquet of the wine and thus release all its aromas: this means that we will allow an aged wine to regain hints and flavors, in short, to rejuvenate.
But, if we have a glass of young wine in hand, we need to swirl the glass?
If in the glass we have a fresh vintage wine, a still wine, the gesture in question will not be necessary, indeed it could penalize its freshness since it is already perfectly open in its aromas and we would only speed up its aging.
Bubbles shouldn't be swirled either. The rotation, in fact, could lead to their disappearance, making us lose the pleasure and taste of sipping a good glass. In these cases, it will be carbon dioxide that will bring the aromas to the nose!
But, how often do you have to swirl the glass of wine?
There is definitely no need to sprain a wrist, a couple of rotations will be more than enough. However, it is also important to choose the right glass for the type of wine you decide to taste, another choice that will influence the success of a good tasting!
But don't worry, we'll talk about this in another article.
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