Cleansing Your Palette Between Wine Tastings

Cleansing Your Palette Between Wine Tastings

When tasting wine at a wine tasting, cleansing your palette is key to enjoying all the flavors and smells that each wine brings to the table. Many wines are extremely complex and their flavors can be easily affected by other foods and drinks being consumed at the same time. Most long-time wine tasters will tell you that it is so important to cleanse your palette between wines in order to better savor its characteristics.

You probably already know the ways to properly “taste” a wine. ┬áBut when you have a flight of several wines to taste in one evening, you may find that one wine may overpower another, or a food that you have eaten may have affected the overall taste of the upcoming wines you’re about to try. While it may be ideal to wait ten to fifteen minutes between each wine, it is not always possible if there are several you want to try in a shorter period of time.

Many will suggest drinking unflavored water between tastings. It is important that this water be cold, but not ice cold, as this can numb your taste buds and affect the flavors of the following wine. Some enjoy white bread or crackers between tastings as well. These bland flavors will help eliminate the lingering aftertaste of the previous wine and prepare your taste buds for the next glass.

Before arriving for the wine tasting, make sure that you are not wearing any strong perfumes or colognes, as this may affect the smell of a wine for others. Additionally, don’t arrive with freshly-brushed teeth, as the minty flavors of the toothpaste will also interfere with the wines you will be prepared to enjoy.

While many wine tastings may offer fruits and cheeses, it is best to avoid these until you are done tasting all the wines you are wanting to try. These cheeses and fruits may change the way wines taste and smell, so cleanse your palette with bread, crackers, or water until you have completed the wine tasting. Then you can thoroughly enjoy the appetizers and foods available to you after the last drink in the flight.

Additionally, make sure you try the wines in a specific order. Go for the lightest, more crisp wines first, and then the more full-bodied wines last. If done in the reverse order, the full-bodied wines may overpower the lighter wines that you may be tasting afterwards. However, most wine tastings will have the wine flights lined up accordingly if properly prepared for the guests.

Cleansing your palette will allow you to have a much better experience at a wine tasting, and savor the flavors and smells of each wine as an individual drink. Stay away from foods that have distinct flavors and tastes in order to avoid ruining the enjoyment of a wine, and make sure that you enjoy a meal after you’ve enjoyed the wine tasting event.

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