Dr. Antoine Chaya is an MBA and PhD graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Having lived and worked in and around San Francisco, Dr. Antoine Chaya is familiar with the wines of Napa Valley. When an oenophile ventures to Napa to taste its wines firsthand, these wine tasting tips will help make the experience pleasant and comprehensive.
–Gently swirling wine within a glass allows the liquid to aerate after being pressurized within a bottle. Aeration forces oxygen into the wine and unleashes the flavor.
–The purpose of a wine tasting is to taste wine rather than to drink it. By allowing the wine to touch every corner of your palate, and then gently spitting it out, you allow the wine’s vapors to exit through your nostrils, giving you a well-rounded taste.
–Drier, lighter wines tend to have less residual sugars than their heavier, sweeter counterparts. When planning your tasting, aim to sample light wines toward the beginning of your experience and dark wines toward the end for the best effect.