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How to Optimize your Palate for Wine Tasting

How to Optimize your Palate for Wine Tasting

Date: October 2nd, 2016 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Wine

Have you ever wished you could taste the “sweet hints of pine nuts” or “notes of chocolate” in your wine that sommeliers seem to always speak of? Well, you aren’t the only one! When you have a strong, healthy palate, you should be able to taste these delicious flavours - you just need to carefully train it first. 

Your palate is made up of tiny little taste buds and these tasting faculties connect to your brain, sending it a message that will shape your overall tasting experience. This is why having a healthy palate is so important, as it can dramatically alter your experience with different types of food and wine.  

So if you’re looking to optimize your palate to enhance your next glass, follow these simple but effective tips for some help!  

1. Pay attention

We all live chaotic lives and multi-tasking has essentially become an art form! However, slowing down before drinking a glass of wine will work wonders when it comes to enhancing your wine-tasting abilities. When you’re drinking without paying attention, your taste sensors have a difficult time recognizing subtle details – like those hints of citrus in your Chardonnay!

Take the time to sip your wine slowly and really enjoy it. When you practice “mindful drinking," you’ll be able to recognize more flavours and strengthen your palate.  

2. Step out of your comfort zone 

A sure way to create a dull palate is by drinking the same kind of wine, all the time. While everyone loves their Pinot Grigio – it's time to step out of your comfort zone!

There is huge selection of delicious wines to experience and sticking to one kind will only bore your palate into submission. Make it a habit to try a different kind of wine every few weeks and experience new flavours to wake up your sleepy palate.  

3. Cleanse  

If you're going out for a delicious meal and will be tasting many different wines, it’s helpful to cleanse your palate in between. For example, some wines will go well with your appetizers, some with your main course, and some wines work wonderfully with dessert.  

The best way to keep your palate fresh between courses at dinners is to munch on bread, take swigs of spritzer, or take a bite of a lemon wedge. This will help you to distinguish the different and delicious tastes you're experiencing 

4. Drink more! 

As they say, practice makes perfect! If you want to optimize your palate for wine tasting - you need to be trying a lot of wines! I think I'll take my own advice with this one. 

Practicing these tips will help you appreciate your favourite bottles even more, and will also make you sound like an expert when recommending labels to friends and family! Who knows - you may even find your next favourite wine.

If you’re looking for a delicious bottle of wine for your next dinner party, visit us at Cadman Fine Wines to select one to impress! Cheers!   

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