From Wine Cooler to Wine Color; Type to Hue

After pulling wine from your wine cooler, judge it first by appearance.

After your perfectly stored wine is removed from your wine cooler, enhance your wine experience by focusing on wine color and appearance. Drinking wine is different from every other type of beverage because it appeals to all the senses. Tasting wine begins with protecting the flavors by ensuring that it is stored in the proper environment. A wine cooler, for example, maintains the right temperature range and humidity level so that the best taste possible can ultimately be enjoyed. Next is decanting, in whatever form best fits the wine, and then the appearance of the wine. The following are tips on wine tasting notes related to the way it looks.

Proper environment for judging wine color

To make viable judgments about wine, it’s important to have the right setup. The wine glass must be clear, with no patterns or color tint. The background is also important. A white tablecloth is perfect because any other background color will alter the appearance of the wine. Sufficient lighting is also needed; otherwise, wine will appear darker than it actually is.

How to assesses wine color and appearance

After the wine is pulled from the wine cooler and poured into your glass, tilt the glass sideways so that you can see the flattened out portion of the wine over the white background. The following are considerations for assessing wine appearance and color:

  • What type of wine are you assessing? Different wines have different colors, and the differences can be dramatic. Red wines vary in color from light red to deep purple. White wines can be clear yellow to gold, on the color spectrum. A familiarity with the various kinds of wine helps you make your assessment of the appearance. For example, Bordeaux wines have an appealing deep, rich color whereas a young Pinot Noir lacks good color.
  • Measure the opacity or depth of the wine. This is a measure of how dark it is. Wine can be deep, dark, and impenetrable or completely see-through. Descriptors used for describing wine’s depth of color include: dark, deep, opaque, water, medium and pale.
  • The wine’s hue is its color. You don’t really need help with wine descriptors on this one because you simply sum up what you see. Wine might be described as amber, straw yellow, ruby, blackish, slightly brown, salmon, orange, or gold. Be aware that brown wine is oxidized, a sign that it has probably outlived its peak time of consumption.

More to Come

There is more to judging wine by appearance than may first meet the eye. In fact, this instructional post is to be continued. There are two more features to summarize as you look at the wine you pull fresh from your Rosehill Wine Cellars wine cooler.