For a long time, the best wines have been associated with particular regions of the world. This allowed people to tell if a wine was good or not if they knew of its origins. However, today wine is produced in every corner of the world and the geographical basis for being a good wine has somehow lost its relevance. It cannot be said that a wine is good only because it comes from Italy, France or Spain, which are considered the producers of best quality red wine. You must rely on your senses now to see if a wine is of good quality or not. If you are not a connoisseur, the best way is to open and make use of your senses to understand if red wine is good or not.
Smell of red wine
Your nose is above your mouth and responds to the aroma before you have swallowed the first sip. Red wines have a distinct aroma that you should try to smell. If you get a fruity smell, it is a good wine, but if you get the smell of flowers, what you have in your hands is not a good red wine as these wines do not have a floral smell. If you get a smell that looks like a wet newspaper, red wine does not deserve to be classified as good. The more you gain perfection in sniffing red wines, the better you will be able to classify the good ones from the bad ones. If the smell of red wine is good, it is likely to also taste good.
What is meant by the balance of wine? The balance of the wine is obtained through a correct mixing of the ingredients in such a way as not to notice the acidity, the fruity, the tannin or the alcoholic taste that present themselves to annoy you. If you do not have tears in your eyes after swallowing the first sip of red wine, it means that it is not acidic in nature. When everything is in perfect balance, you feel a certain kind of freshness rather than one of these aspects of the wine. The fruit base is abundant but not excessive, the alcohol content is not too high and the acidity is also under control. Here’s how to get the balance with a good red wine.
Good red wine will certainly have a fruity taste but is that all you have to feel? No, as you will notice other aspects when you turn the sip into your mouth. Can you feel the other layers beyond the fruity taste? If you can spot a walnut or a chocolate among the grapes, you have a good quality red wine with depth.
How it ends
Does the taste last for enough time? This is a good way to judge the quality of a good red wine. If the taste remains in your mouth for some time after having swallowed it, you have a good red wine in your hands.
The more you practice feeling these aspects of red wine, the more you gain in confidence and become able to tell whether the red wine you have in your hands is good or not.