If you were to ask a wine expert about what their favorite wine tasting location is, there is almost no doubt that it would be Tuscany, Italy. The Tuscan food, wine, and their landscape make the area one of the most beautiful and famous in the world.
Tuscany is home to Italy’s most prestigious wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano, along with many others. It is also home to Italy’s most famous wine called Chianti.
Wine is grown almost everywhere throughout the Tuscan landscape. Wine tasting in Tuscany is quite different than in the United States. In the U.S., people are welcome to come and go as they please, and usually they don’t require appointments. Vineyard tours in Tuscany usually require an appointment in advance. The majority of wineries are smaller-scale producers. Most of them are family operated operations and can’t handle on the spot visitors.
As with the larger wineries, the wine tastings may be free or there may be a small fee for tasting wines. Regardless, it would be impolite to not purchase at least a few bottles of the estate’s wines. However, because of the difficulty of bringing wines home on an airline, you might have to limit yourself to a few wines that you could fit safely in your luggage. I would typically recommend to purchase wines not available in the U.S. on the assumption that this would give you bragging rights when you finally serve these wines to guests at home.
Here are a few tips when wine tasting:
1) The Appearance
The color of the wine is very important when deciding which kinds to try. White wines can vary from almost transparent to almost a golden color. Red wines vary from a pink color to almost a dark red.
2) The Aroma
Just gently swirl the wine around the glass so that it will release the flavors. Watch the wine run down the inside of the glass. There are numerous aromas that they can give off such as apple, cherry, melon, pepper, cork, and oak.
3) The Taste
Take a little sip and hold the wine in there for several seconds. Swish the wine around in your mouth and notice how long does the wine taste linger in your mouth.