"I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information."
- Bill Watterson, cartoonist - Calvin and Hobbes
Hello my fine friend. Happy Friday! I was beginning to have my doubts whether this day would arrive but it has. And, I'm happy that it has.
When monitoring visitor searches to our blog site I've noticed a reoccurring search string. And what is that you ask? The search string that I have seen over and over and have been meaning to address is, "wine tasting sheet".
Well... here 'tis. Today I am sharing the Red Wine Tasting Sheet. I shall post the White Wine Tasting Sheet at a later date.
How do you use this sheet to rate your own wines? Here are the basic steps:
- Swirl - To open up the wine.
- Sniff - Stick your nose into the glass taking big multiple whiffs.
- Sip - Take a good long taste and swirl the wine completely over the palate. After the complexities have taken their course, repeat over and over again.
- Each section (Nose Intensity, Flavor Intensity, Flavor Characteristics, Balance, and Length) each has a maximum score. 25 points for Flavor Intensity, 10 points for Flavor Characteristics, and 5 points for all other sections.
- Total up your scoring for all five (5) sections.
- Add 50 points just to make it a 100 point scale and you'll have your rating.
I do have some suggestions:
- If more than one of you is scoring a wine, don't discuss or share until everyone is done. It keeps each person honest and you will be shocked at not only the differences but also the common notes.
- Don't read the wine label until after you've completed the rating process. Pre-reading the wine bottle's back label can influence what you smell and taste. Don't cheat! Keep it honest. If you cheat, you are only cheating yourself.
- You scores are neither right nor wrong. Just because I like a wine doesn't mean that you're going to like it. Respect each others opinion and openly share your thoughts.
Hi-dee hi-dee drink-more-rate-more-wine-ho my friend.