Apparently, this is one of the most overlooked aspects of tasting wine. So, the “don’t judge a book by its cover,” does not apply to wine.
Now… what do you look for when analysing the wine’s appearance?
White wine can range from clear to golden yellow.
Red wines can range from pink to almost black.
A quick inspection of a glass of wine can reveal a good deal of information concerning a wine’s age, cellaring conditions, wine making methods (vinification), Identity and Terrior.
According to the pros, things to look out for are:
Leggs. Yes, Leggs.
A quick heads up for the next chapter:
Clarity: is the wine clear? Is it hazy? If the wine is clear odds are it’s been filtered. Yes, we want organic, unprocessed, un tainted, but we get nervous when we don’t see clear, bright sparkly things. So, grow a pair of balls, let go of your need for crystal glasses and perfectly shaped strawberries and get your hands dirty. Or should we say, don’t be afraid of the hazy, mirky wines.
Check out the next episode where I take a deep dive into the look of wine.