5 tips to taste wine like a pro

3 February 2022
By Fashion Quarterly

Love wine and want to know more? Here's how to appreciate the nuances of different varieties and discover those that suit your palate.

1. Taste with your nose 

The best way to taste wine is with your nose, not your mouth. Give your glass a swirl to help release the aromas, then take a sip. 

2. Follow your heart, not fashion 

It’s not just about trends or big-name brands. There are so many passionate and lesser-known wine producers that are just as good — so don’t hesitate before trying a new tipple, even if you don’t recognise the brand name. 

3. Pair with food you love 

Opinions on perfect pairings are everywhere, but consider them suggestions, not rules. Take a wine you love and something delicious to eat — just make sure neither one overpowers the other. Enjoy the experience and savour each mouthful. 

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4. Be adventurous

Choose a homegrown sparkling over Champagne, give a Marlborough rosé a try, and taste beyond New Zealand. These days, it’s a fabulous way to partake in a bit of world travel through your wine glass! 

5. Choose your glass

Use a clear glass for wine, not coloured or cut – you’ll see the hue and clarity better. For fizz, use a flute, not a flat coupe – the bubbles will last longer. Lastly, as tempting as it is, don’t overfill; beautiful aromas will fill the space you leave. 

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