Why do we only get a tiny glass of wine at a wine tasting?

This is important and is key to smelling more aroma in the wine. All the aromas in a wine are stuck in liquid form. We need to get those aromas out of the wine and into the air so that our nose can detect them. This is why the glass is swirled around. We are gently moving the wine so that its aromas will mix with the air in the glass. If our glass is too full, we can’t do this effectively.

Try this technique the next time you pour some wine. Pour a small amount into your glass and sniff it. Then gently move the glass to swirl the wine around. This is easier if you keep the glass on the table. Now have another sniff. Do you notice any stronger aromas? Are there any new aromas which you didn’t detect before?

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