I love wine, you love wine, we all love wine. But, wait, wine could be even better you say? Well, if you follow the tips and advice contained herein, then you may just discover that your favourite tipple may just taste that bit better. If you’ve been crying out for some wine advice that will help you make decisions on which types of wine to buy or how to store your wine, for example, then you’re in the right place…

…so, let’s get started!

Taste is in the Mouth of the Beholder

There is often a lot of snobbery about wine tasting with words like “sophisticated palate” often bandied about but, in reality, anyone can taste wine exactly as it is intended – they just need to know what features to look out for. Generally speaking, the main elements to keep an eye (or taste bud) out for when it comes to sampling wines are aroma, appearance and taste. A good rule of thumb so far as appearance is concerned is that white wines typically gain colour the older they get whereas red wines are more likely to decrease their colour with age.

So far as aroma, or bouquet, is concerned, this is often said to be more important than even the taste of the wine – though this is clearly up for debate. You may have seen it in films or on television but slowly rotating the glass really is the best way to release the wine’s aroma and let you take in its scent.

Last but not least, tasting the wine. Many people will take a tiny, little sip when tasting a wine for the first time but this is wrong – you need to imbibe quite a large mouthful to get a real sense of the wine’s flavour. You should look out for how the wine first tastes as soon as it hits your palate and then keep a look out for how the flavours develop and, lastly, how it tastes as you swallow it.

The Burning Question

Heat and wine are not good friends and few things can make a wonderful wine taste terrible than serving it at the incorrect temperature. Whilst each wine may have different requirements when it comes to the temperature at which they are served, you will be advised to consider the following as a good rule of thumb:

Crisp, Dry Whites & Sparkling Wines – Approximately 1 hour in the fridge prior to serving.

Heavy Red Wines – Maximum of 30 minutes in the fridge.

Light Red Wines – Lightly chilled, approximately 20 minutes in the fridge.

This is, of course, just a few of the features of wine that you need to consider when making a purchase in your local wine merchants and it is important to remember that one of the principle pleasures of wine is trying out the different types and finding the ones that are most suited to your palate.


Leo is a wine blogger who will be frequently found in UK wine shops, discussing the merits of Portuguese, Spanish and French wines or talking about the latest wines from Italy he has come across.