Start by observing the wine’s colour.
Red wine: Is it maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red or even brownish?
White wine: Is it clear, straw-like, golden, light green, pale yellow, orange or brown?
Give it a little swirl. The swirling action helps aerate the wine, producing an oxidizing effect that helps enhance the wine’s flavour and natural aroma.
To get a good impression of your wine’s aroma, gently swirl your glass and then take a quick whiff to gain a first impression.
Do you smell Oak, Berry, Flowers, Vanilla, Mineral, Honey or Citrus?