Wine tasting has three main phases, each using one of your senses: sight, smell, & taste. Swirling the wine has a favorable impact on all three phases:
1) Sight: Swirling improves the visual observations you can make about the wine.
a) Color: The color of a wine gives a simple yet important indication of what you're about to drink. A dark red wine is fuller bodied, richer, & more tannic than a pale pinkish one; a pale yellow wine will display more subtle & lighter aromas than a golden-to-brownish one; and an intensely-pink rosé is usually fruitier than a more floral, pale pink or salmon-colored one.
b) Legs & Viscosity: The way the wine swirls gives you an indication of its thickness or viscosity (texture). A dense wine, full of tannins or sugar spins more slowly around the glass & sticks to the sides. When you stop swirling, the wine forms legs or 'tears' because of the alcohol, sugar, & glycerol in it. The thicker the legs, the sweeter or more alcoholic you can expect the wine to be.
c) Effervescence: The number of bubbles that appear when you swirl will help you determine if the wine is full-sparkling (a foam will form), semi-sparkling (a few bubbles) or still (no bubbles).
2) Smell: Swirling reveals the aromas of the wine in your glass. When swirling, the aromas concentrate in the glass above the surface of the wine much more than if you don't agitate. When you stop swirling, stick your nose into the glass. That's when the maximum amount of aromas will be revealed, so you can smell all the subtle nuances & fragrances.
3) Taste: Air is full of oxygen that dissolves quicker in the wine if you swirl. Oxygen reacts with the aromas in the wine, generally making them more pungent, fresher, & fruitier. In addition, aeration tends to temper oaky & herbaceous notes that are often not the most interesting & appreciated ones in wine.
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